Hulse-Kemp Hall of Fame

Former lab members, their projects and last known whereabouts <br<

Class of 2024


Ashley Schoonmaker

Ashley is a Bioinformatics Ph.D. student with Dr. Amanda Hulse-Kemp and Dr. Susana Milla-Lewis at North Carolina State University. Her primary area of research lies in the development of genetic tools for crop breeders and QTL analysis for resistance to diseases, which includes projects in cotton, St. Augustinegrasses and bermudagrasses. Ashley is now working with Syngenta in the Research Triangle.


Cassondra (Cassie) Newman

Cassondra is a Crop Science Ph.D. student, and is co-advised by Dr. Amanda Hulse-Kemp and Dr. Jeff Dunne. Her primary area of research is integrating genomics era tools into the North Carolina State University Virginia-Type peanut breeding program. To demonstrate the utility of genomic tools in peanut breeding, she is generating high-throughput genomic information and UAV phenotype information on a population of diverse peanut lines in order to better understand genetic resistance to the leaf spot foliar disease. Cassondra is now a Genomics Data Scientist with Bayer CropScience Vegetable Seeds.

Class of 2023


Meg Partridge, B.S.

Meg worked in the Hulse-Kemp Lab during her senior year at UNC Chapel Hill, assisting in sugarcane genome analysis. After graduating in May 2023 with a Quantitative Biology degree, she accepted a job on the Bioinformatics team of the Texas Public Health Dept. in Austin, TX.

Class of 2021


Daniel Restrepo-Montoya, PhD

PhD - North Dakota State University; MEng, BS - Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Bogotá, Col

Daniel is a biologist with a master’s degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Genomics and Bioinformatics. A former fellow of the Fulbright program, he has knowledge and expertise in the analysis and handling of biological data through the application of mathematical and informatics tools and experience working with research groups that specialize in different biological problems.

Daniel is currently a Max Planck Tandem Group Leader in Colombia at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Xingbo Wu, PhD

PhD - Tennessee State University; MS - Southwest University

Xingbo is currently an Assistant Professor in Ornamental Breeding at the University of Florida.

Class of 2018

Francisco Gomez, PhD

Francisco is currently an Assistant Professor in Dry Bean Breeding at Michigan State University.

Former Lab Visitors

Sajid Majeed, PhD

Sajid visited the lab in 2019-2020 and is currently working in Pakistan.

Richard Estrada

Richard visited the lab in 2020 and is currently finishing his studies in Peru.