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Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics: People

Karen Harris-Shultz

Research Geneticist

Crop Genetics and Breeding Research

115 Coastal Way
Tifton, Georgia  31793

Phone: 229-386-3906
Fax: 229-391-3701

Research area: Forage, bioenergy, and turfgrass breeding and genetics

Dr. Karen Harris-Shultz started her career working on the stay-green trait and mapping the maturity locus, Ma5-2 in sorghum bicolor. She then went to the USDA United States Vegetable Lab where she focused on identifying markers linked to the zucchini yellow mosaic virus resistance gene in watermelon. She moved to Tifton in 2009 to be part of the Crop Genetics and Breeding Research Unit of the USDA. The research program in Dr. Karen Harris-Shultz’s lab focuses on the improvement of warm-season grasses used for turf, forage, and bioenergy.


Degree Field Institution Date Obtained
B.S. Biochemistry, Cellular, & Molecular Biology University of Tennessee 2001
Ph.D. Biochemistry Texas A&M University 2007