Jiming Jiang is a Professor of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on plant molecular cytogenetics, plant centromeres, potato breeding and genomics. In addition to his research activities Dr. Jiang also teaches a course on introductory cytogenetics, and he is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
James A. Birchler is Curators Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His lab studies gene expression in multicellular eukaryotes at the gene and chromosomal level, using maize and Drosophila as experimental organisms. Dr. Birchler has published widely in such journals as The New Phytologist, The Plant Cell, and Genes and Chromatin, and he is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.