International Plant & Animal Genome Conference / PAG 32 • January 10-15, 2025  •  San Diego, CA, USA

We are pleased to offer various travel grants which each provide an award amount towards travel expenses, along with complimentary registration to the conference.

Descriptions and eligibility requirements for each grant will announced and online in August 2024, and the application submission deadline will be late October 2024.

Travel Grant Applications for PAG 32 will be available August 2024.

PAG 31 Travel Grant Winners

The following grants were awarded during the opening comments before the Monday Plenary Session on January 15, 2024: Michael D. Gale Travel Grant Award, Jerome P. Miksche Travel Grant Award, Earl J. Scherago Travel Grant Award. All other grants were awarded at the PAG 31 Closing Banquet, January 17, 2024.


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Above: Conference Organizer Darrin Scherago, and Organizing Committee Chairman Stephen Heller present awards at the PAG 31 Closing Banquet.

Scherago International Student Travel Grants Awards

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Above: Scherago International Student Travel Grants Award Winner (Animal) Chiara Gini

Animal (2)

Chiara Gini

University of Milan, Italy
Abstract: Benchmarking Bioinformatic Pipelines and Microbial Databases for the Analysis of Bovine 16S rRNA-Gene Sequencing Data

Xolile Nuse
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Abstract: Identification of Genomic Regions Associated with Resistance to Heartwater Disease in South African Indigenous Goats Using Genome-Wide Association Study

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Above: Scherago International Student Travel Grants Award Winners (Plant) Dominique Hirsz and Sven Weber

Plant (4)

Dominique Hirsz

University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Abstract: VRNturing into the Unknown: Dissecting the Role of VERNALIZATION2 (VRN2) in Climate Adaptation

Dominic Mogere
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya
Abstract: Development of Event-Specific Field Detection Method for Late Blight Resistant Biotech Potatoes

Mary Njeri Mwangi
Kenyatta University/International Potato Center, Kenya
Abstract: Development of Bacterial Wilt Resistant Potato Using Efr, Roq1 and Jim2 Genes

Sven Weber
Dept. of Plant Breeding Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
Abstract:  Breeding for N-efficient Oilseed Rape: The Role of Plant Architecture 


Michael D. Gale Travel Grant Award

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Alok Das

ICAR Indian Institute of Pulses Research, India
Abstract: Targeted mutation of Efl1 (Early flowering locus 1) using CRISPR/Cas9 for early flowering in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.)

Jerome P. Miksche Travel Grant Award

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Muhammad Shahidul Haque

Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh
Abstract:  Higher Expression of TaGSK1 and TaNIP Genes Re-confirms Salt Tolerance Revealed by Hydroponic Screening of Bangladeshi Wheat at Seedling Stage


Earl J. Scherago Travel Grant Award

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Yasmine Lam

The University of Queensland, Australia
Abstract:  Catching Fruitful Traits in Sorghum: CRISPR/Cas9 Mutants Reel in Desirable Traits By Altering Plant Architecture


Neal A. Jorgenson Genome Travel Awards

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Above: Neal A. Jorgenson Genome Travel Award Winners Michael Addo, Sarem Khilji, Jennifer Richter, Mary Kate Hollifield.


Michael Addo
University of Alabama, USA
Abstract: Low Methionine Availability During In Vitro Muscle Growth Alters Circadian-Regulated Gene Expression Patterns in Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Sarem Khilji
University of Idaho, USA
Abstract: Transcript Expression Profiles in Bovine Tissues: Insights from RNA-Seq in Angus Cattle

Madison Henniger
University of Tennessee, USA
Abstract: Unveiling Host Genetic Control of the Rumen Microbiome

Lauren Johnson
Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky, USA
Abstract: Equine - Functional Impact of Putatively Identified Introgressed Alleles within the Horse Genome

Jennifer Richter
University of Georgia, USA
Abstract: Reviewing the Trait Definition and Genetic Background of Mortality in Broilers

Johan Cullen
University of Minnesota, USA
Abstract: Simplified, Swift, and Modular Containerized Workflows for Short-read Sequencing Data Processing, Variant Discovery, and Annotation

Mary Kate Hollifield
University of Georgia, USA
Abstract: Estimating Genetic Parameters of Digital Behavior Traits and Its Relationship with Production Traits in Purebred Pigs


Aquaculture Species Group Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Bursaries

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Above: Aquaculture Species Group Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Bursaries Winner Eric Ignatz.

Eric Ignatz
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada
Abstract: Regional Differences in Upper Thermal Tolerance and Transcriptomic Profiles of Blue Mussels (Mytilus edulis)

Nithin Sankappa
USDA-ARS /Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, USA
Abstract: Transcriptomic Response and Gene Co-Expression Network Analyses of White Bass (Morone chrysops) After Being Fed Protein Substitution Diets Toward a More Sustainable Aquaculture


The ICSB James E. Irvine Memorial Travel Award

Seema Yadav
University of Queensland, Australia
Abstract: Optimising Genomic Selection for Sugarcane


PAG 31 Final Banquet Raffle Winners

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Raffle Winners photographed with conference organizer Darrin Scherago: Richard Edem, name unknown, Colton Nichols, Ademola Aina

PAG 31 Archives

Thank you to all who attended PAG 31!

Archives from our 2024 conference are linked below.

PAG Future Dates

PAG 32 - January 10-15, 2025

PAG 33 - January 9-14, 2026

PAG 34 - January 8-13, 2027

San Diego, CA