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Evan Ellison

Evan Ellison

Postdoctoral researcher
Sustainable crop nutrition

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I’m originally from a corn and soybean farm in Minnesota, USA. I received my BS from North Dakota State University where I studied cereal grain RNA viruses. I then moved to the University of Minnesota for my PhD with Dan Voytas’ group. During my PhD my research mainly focused on developing RNA viral vectors as delivery constructs for tissue-culture free gene editing as well as several other projects relating to plant synthetic biology and vector platform development. I received my PhD in early 2022 and joined Giles Oldroyd’s group at the Crop Science Centre. I will be working to bring high-throughput gene editing technologies to the center and using those technologies to engineer better nutrient acquisition.


Evan E. Ellison, Ugrappa Nagalakshmi, Maria Elena Gamo, Pin-jui Huang, Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar and Daniel F. Voytas. Multiplexed heritable gene editing using RNA viruses and mobile single guide RNAs. Nature Plants, 6(6), 620–624, 2020.

Yu Mei, Bliss M. Beernink, Evan E. Ellison, Eva Konečná, Anjanasree K. Neelakandan, Daniel F. Voytas, and Steven A. Whitham, Protein expression and gene editing in monocots using foxtail mosaic virus vectors, Plant Direct, 3, 2019

Pankaj Bhowmik, Evan Ellison, Brittany Polley, Venkatesh Bollina, Manoj Kulkarni, Kaveh Ghanbarnia, Halim Song, Caixia Gao, Daniel F. Voytas & Sateesh Kagale, Targeted mutagenesis in wheat microspores using CRISPR/Cas9. Sci. Rep. 8, 1-10, 2018