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Department of Plant Sciences


Research Group



I’m originally from a corn and soybean farm in Minnesota, USA. I received my BS from North Dakota State University where I studied cereal grain RNA viruses. I then moved to the University of Minnesota for my PhD with Dan Voytas’ group. During my PhD my research mainly focused on developing RNA viral vectors as delivery constructs for tissue-culture free gene editing as well as several other projects relating to plant synthetic biology and vector platform development.
I received my PhD in early 2022 and joined Giles Oldroyd’s group at the Crop Science Centre where I am working to bring high-throughput gene editing technologies to the centre and using those technologies to engineer better nutrient acquisition.


2022, PhD, University of Minnesota
2016, BS, North Dakota State University



Heritable base-editing in Arabidopsis using RNA viral vectors. 2020. Plant Physiology 189, 4, 1920–1924
Targeted mutagenesis in wheat microspores using CRISPR/Cas9. 2018. Science Reports 8; 1-10. Article 6502

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Research Associate, Crop Sciences Centre
Evan Ellison

Contact Details

Email address: 
Crop Science Centre,
Lawrence Weaver Road,
01223 342200