Posted: November 12, 2019

John Carlson, Director of the Schatz Center and Professor of Molecular Genetics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, was named a Mercator Fellow and Visiting Professor at Georg-August University of Göttingen in Germany.

Dr. Carlson at the Göttingen Botanical Garden, 2018

Dr. Carlson at the Göttingen Botanical Garden, 2018

Dr. Carlson will serve as Mercator Fellow and visiting professor for three months a year, from 2020 to 2023, in the Department of Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding at the University of Göttingen. The fellowship is funded by a research grant from the German Research Foundation awarded to Oliver Gailing, Head of the Department of Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding at the University of Göttingen. Dr. Carlson will collaborate with Professor Gailing on analysis of the role of hybridization in ecological speciation in the oak genus, taking a whole-genome approach using SNP (single nucleotide polymorphic DNA) genetic markers. To learn more about the Department of Forest Genetics and Forest Tree Breeding at the University of Göttingen, please visit - https://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/67064.html.  For the full Penn State News item visit https://news.psu.edu/story/597708/2019/11/12/academics/molecular-genetics-professor-selected-prestigious-mercator.

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