Dr. Fikret Isik
Professor and University Faculty Scholar



  • Quantitative geneticist
  • Extensive experience in plant molecular breeding
  • Experience in developing genotyping platforms for tree species
  • Expert in genetic/genomic data analysis for plant and animal breeding,
  • Expert in molecular tree breeding strategies/experimental designs


Associate Directors

Dr. Jack Wang - College of Natural Resources at NC State University

Dr. Jack Wang
Molecular Geneticist, Forest Biotechnology Program



  • Lead PI of Forest Biotech Group
  • Expert in forest molecular genetics and biotechnology to improve forest health and forest productivity
  • Experienced in developing forest biotechnology tools, and the strategic engineering of trees using CRISPR, RNAi, and amiRNA


Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou - College of Natural Resources at NC State University

Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou
Distinguished Professor and CRISPR Lab Lead,



  • CRISPR geneticist, member of US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Inventors
  • Co-founder of Intellia Therapeutics and Locus Biosciences, former Chairman of Caribou Biosciences, Editor-in-Chief of The CRISPR Journal
  • Expert in CRISPR-Cas systems and their industrial applications
  • Received 2016 Warren Alpert Prize, 2016 Canada Gairdner Award, 2017 NAS Award, and 2018 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences