Dr. Seonghee Lee
Assistant Professor, Strawberry Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Dr. Lee’s research and extension program focuses on the field of strawberry molecular genetics and genomics to develop new strawberry varieties. The main research objective is to translate candidate gene discoveries and new genome-wide, high-throughput genotyping platforms into DNA tests that are useful for marker-assisted selection in the UF strawberry breeding program. Using this molecular information, UF breeding team can successfully develop better strawberries for growers, markets, and consumers. Molecular breeding technologies are beginning to speed up new cultivar development in the UF strawberry breeding program. Dr. Lee currently works on identifying and characterizing genes for economically important traits such as aroma, disease resistance, or fruit firmness.