About Us

Breeding Insight (BI) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) & Agricultural Research Service (ARS) initiative hosted at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

The Breeding Insight initiative was launched in 2018 to level the playing field in the genomics era, creating new opportunities for specialty breeders in assimilating tools, technologies, and methods to catalyze the routine and accessible use of genomic insights. We integrate phenomics (trait analysis), genomics (genotypic data), data management, and software tools to help breeders increase the rate of genetic gain and create more healthy, nutritious, and sustainable specialty crops and animals.

William Rutter, USDA plant pathologist, is shown examining his sweet potato seedlings. Dr. Rutter and other scientists in the USDA Vegetable Program in Charleston, S.C. are working with Breeding Insight to develop fast, affordable genotyping for sweet potato and sweet potato weevil.

Our Mission

Breeding Insight at Cornell University will leverage recent improvements in genomics and open source informatics components, and in partnership with small breeding programs, will enable these programs to harness  powerful digital tools to accelerate their genetic gains.

The Challenges

Today’s specialty crop and animal breeders face a numerous hurdles, including logistical, technical, biological, and environmental challenges.

What We Do

Breeding Insight levels the playing field for specialty breeders who are ready to join the genomics revolution.

The Solutions

We address breeding challenges by integrating phenomics (trait analysis), genomics (genotypic data), data management, and software tools to help breeders increase rates of genetic gain.

Our Support Spans Regions

ARS Areas with Breeding Insight Support (Pilot Phase)

Meet our Team

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists is making high-tech breeding a reality for specialty crop and animal breeders.

USDA-ARS

Ed Buckler

Principal Investigator

Jean-Luc Jannink

Co-Principal Investigator

Tim Rinehart

Office of National Programs

Amanda Hulse-Kemp

BI On-Ramp Director

Cornell University

Moira Sheehan

Director

Craig Beil

Breeding Coordinator

Tim Parsons

Lead Developer

Kirsten Richardson

Administrative Assistant

Vanessa Greenlee

Communications & Training Lead

Chris Strock

Phenomics Coordinator

Dongyan Zhao

Genomics Coordinator

Katherine Mejia-Guerra

Bioinformatics Coordinator

Shawn Yarnes

Product Owner

Chris Tucker

Software Developer

David Meidlinger

Software Developer

David Phillips

Software Developer

Heather Sweeney

Software Developer

Nick Palladino

Software Developer

Deb Weigand

Quality Assurance Specialist

Technical Steering Board

Phil Simon

Scott Jackson

Allen Van Deynze

Margaret Worthington

Steve Rounsley

Pete Cyr

Gina Brown-Guedira

Steve Larson

Ed Buckler

Jean-Luc Jannink

Tim Rinehart

Moira Sheehan

Careers

Species aren’t the only thing we’re breeding at Breeding Insight. We’re not hiring right now, but soon we’ll be adding new species and we’ll need to expand our team!

Have a Complex Challenge?

No challenge too big; no species too small! Let us know what kind of breeding challenges you’re up against.

Ready to check out our open source tools?

Breeders, our easy-to-use, breeder-friendly software is here for you to test.

Developers, our source code is publicly available, licensed with Apache 2.0.