Organization: Cornell University
Location: Ithaca, New York USA
Mark E. Sorrells received his PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1978 and then joined the faculty at Cornell University in the Department of Plant Breeding & Biometry. Since 1991 he has been Professor of Plant Breeding and from 2006 to 2014 he was Chair of the Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics. The primary focus of Dr. Sorrells’ research program is on breeding methodologies and the development of small grains varieties. His breeding program has released 16 small grains varieties. Currently the focus of his research is optimizing genomic selection strategies. He has published 260 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Crop Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy. Dr. Sorrells has served as major advisor to 37 PhD students, 9 M.S. graduate students and minor advisor to 22 students.