Jade Newsome 1232 S. University Ave. Fayetteville, AR 72701 478-455-4238 [email protected] EDUCATION The University of Arkansas Candidate for Master of Science in Plant Pathology Expected: May 2016 The University of Georgia Bachelor of Science in Applied Biotechnology May 2014 Swainsboro High School College preparatory diploma with business seal Class Salutatorian May 2009 RESEARCH & WORK EXPERIENCE Korth Lab, Rosen Center for Alternative Pest Control, University of Arkansas Candidate for Master of Science Analyzed physiological differences between salt tolerant and sensitive soybean cultivars including photosynthesis, phytohormone accumulation, and mineral content Measured relative expression of genes of interest via quantitative reverse transcription PCR Tested usefulness of infrared thermography as a screening technique for salt tolerance in soybean breeding programs August 2014-present Parrott Lab, Center for Applied Genetic Technology, University of Georgia Undergraduate Research Assistant Oct. 2009- June 2014 • Lab Work: Maintained tissue culture of transgenic events; extracted and purified DNA of switchgrass, rice, and soybean; evaluated genotype by PCR, gel electrophoresis and SNP assays; carried out transformation of E. coli, Agrobacterium, and soybean; Prepared libraries for sequencing and transgene insertion analysis; conducted electronic genome annotation of transposon-tagging populations; performed vector construction for oomycete and nematode resistance projects • Field Work: Assisted in development and implementation of irrigation system for transgenic plots; performed weed control; phenotyped and harvested transgenic soybean plants Popescu Lab, Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University Plant Genome Research Project Intern June 2012-August 2012 • Explored bacteria-plant protein-protein interactions through protein fragment complementation assays • Identified plant kinases putatively involved in effector triggered immunity of tomato through interaction with Pseudomonas syringae effector AvrPto Georgia Crop Improvement Association, Athens, GA June 2011-August 2011 Summer Intern • Completed field studies of public and private ornamental, fruit and nut, and row crop breeding practices throughout Georgia • Performed post-harvest processing, moisture analysis and packaging of certified and foundation seed for distribution to licensed growers PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS Posters: "Screening Tomato Protein Kinases for interaction with Pseudomonas syringae effector AvrPto" PGRP Summer Student Symposium, Boyce Thompson Institute August 2012 “Fueling Minds of the Future through Education Outreach and Hands-on Experience in Biotechnology” 4th place, Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Georgia Spring 2014 “Utilization of Differential Physiological Responses to Characterize Salt Tolerance in Soybean” American Society of Plant Biologists National Conference Arkansas NSF EPSCoR Annual Meeting June 2015 September 2015 Publications: HtStuf: High-throughput Sequencing to Locate Unknown DNA Junction Fragments. Kanizay L, Jacobs T, Gillespie K, Newsome J, Spaid B, Parrott W. The Plant Genome. 2015 (8). Doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2014.10.0070 AWARDS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Top 100 Student Employee of the Year Award, UGA Career Center Representative, Associated Student Government, University of Arkansas Spring 2014 Fall 2014 External Relations and Marketing Chair, ASG Graduate Student Congress, University of Arkansas Spring 2015 Judge, Northwest Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair, University of Arkansas Spring 2015 Session Host, STEM Leadership Workshop for Girls, University of Arkansas Spring 2015 Student Voice Representative, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council Meeting June 2015 Cohort Leader, Graduate Student Orientation, University of Arkansas August 2015 Derald A. & Betty L. Slack Graduate Award in Plant Pathology Spring 2016 References available upon request.