Skip to main content

Lisa Ainsworth's Laboratory

usda_sm_transparent.gifars_sm_transparent.gif

Chris Montes

Photo of Chris Montes

Chris Montes, Ph.D Student, Department of Plant Biology

Curriculum Vitae

 

LinkedIn

Email: christophermmontes@gmail.com

Education:

Ph.D, Plant Biology, expected 2017

Concentrations: Abiotic Stress Response, Physiology, and Genomics

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Thesis title: TBA

Bachelor of Science, International Studies, 2009

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Research:           

My research has been supported by a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant entitled “Improving soybean production in elevated ozone: selecting genotypes and understanding the mechanisms of tolerance in the field” (project number: ILLR-2009-02110). A recombinant inbred soybean population was screened for ozone sensitivity in the field at the SoyFACE Research Facility (www.igb.illinois.edu/soyface/). I am currently genotyping this population using genotype-by-sequencing, and will then perform quantitative trait loci (QTL) analyses on the many phenotypes that were scored over the three years that the population was studied. Further examination of QTL with fine-mapping may follow for a more in-depth understanding of potential genes of interest. The results from this project will be used in marker-assisted selection (MAS) and aid in screening of the North American Soybean Germplasm for ozone tolerant cultivars to be used in future breeding programs.

I am also testing the use of a portable, full-range (VIS/NIR) spectroradiometer as a means to build partial least squares regression (PLSR) models to estimate difficult and time consuming phenotypes such as the maximum rate of carboxylation of Rubisco (Vc,max). This summer (2015), I will plant the RIL population in the field in order to take additional measurements and build a more robust model for Vc,max as well as several other phenotypes.

I have also been supported by and assisted in an NSF Plant Genome-funded project entitled “Genetic and genomic approaches to understand and improve maize responses to ozone” (project number: NSF PGR-1238030).

Presentations:

Montes CM (2015) Utilizing a biparental population to understand ozone tolerance and improve soybean productivity. Seminar, Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit Group Meeting, Urbana, IL.

Tomaz T, Yendrek CR, Montes CM, Erice G, Rios-Acosta L, Brown PJ, Ainsworth EA, Leakey ADB (2015) Integrating hyperspectral reflectance spectroscopy into the field phenotyping toolkit – a case study in maize subjected to elevated [ozone] in the US Mid-West. Poster, International Plant & Animal Genome XXIII, San Diego, CA.

Leakey ADB, Ainsworth EA, Brown PJ, McIntyre LM, Barrios-Perez I, Dalsing B, Erice G, Harris J, Molineaux AC, Montes CM, Morse A, Rios-Acosta L, Sorgini CA, Tomaz T, Yendrek CR, Young L. (2015) Variation in sensitivity to ozone of diverse inbred and hybrid maize lines. Poster, International Plant & Animal Genome XXIII, San Diego, CA.

Montes CM, Skoneczka JA, Nelson RL, Brown PJ, Ainsworth EA. (2015) Soybean response to elevated ozone in a biparental mapping population. Poster, International Plant & Animal Genome XXIII, San Diego, CA.

Yendrek CR, Montes C, Tomaz T, Sorgini C, McIntyre LM, Brown PJ, Leakey ADB, Ainsworth EA. (2014) Using leaf reflectance spectroscopy to assess the impact of abiotic stress on photosynthetic capacity in maize. Poster, Gordon Research Conference CO2 Assimilation in Plants: Genome to Biome, Waterville, NH.

Bishop K, Montes C, Ainsworth EA. (2014) Does Phloem Loading Strategy Impact Photosynthetic Response to Elevated CO2? Poster, Gordon Research Conference CO2 Assimilation in Plants: Genome to Biome, Waterville, NH.

Ainsworth EA. Brown PJ, Leakey ADB, McIntyre LM, Barrios-Perez I, Erice G, Leisner C, Montes C, Morse A, Rios-Acosta L, Shim SI, Sorgini C, Yendrek CR (2014) Sites of ozone sensitivity in diverse maize inbred lines. Poster, Plant and Animal Genome Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Bishop K, Montes C, Ainsworth EA. (2014) Does Phloem Loading Strategy Impact a Plant’s Response to Elevated CO2? Poster, Department of Plant Biology Fall Welcome, Urbana, IL.

Montes CM, Skoneczka JA, Nelson RL, Ainsworth EA. (2013) Improving soybean production in elevated ozone: selecting genotypes and understanding mechanisms of tolerance in the field. Poster, Department of Plant Biology Fall Welcome.