Research Consultant II


B.S. in Animal Science; University of Missouri

Research Focus:
Along with the current swine research team, working to establish the new Swine Somatic Cell Genome Editing Center (SSCGEC) at the University of Missouri. This includes construction of additional swine facilities and helping to investigate and develop new biomedical models and assays that will be used in the Center. Working with the Directors, will be scheduling and overseeing new research projects in the Center while managing the daily activities of the Center.

Theresa Musket has over 34 years of service at the University of Missouri (MU) in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR).

After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Missouri in December of 1986, Theresa started her career working at the Experimental Station Chemical Laboratories at MU. She conducted chemical analysis of fertilizer and limestone in support of the Missouri State Fertilizer and Agricultural Limestone Regulatory Laws and analyzed samples for proximate, nutritional, and trace mineral analyses in accordance with the Official Methods of Analyses and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) procedures.

In 1992, Theresa moved to the Maize Research Team at the University of Missouri where she worked on various research projects with three Maize Researchers over the course of 15 years. These areas included the Maize Genome Database, the Corn Earworm Project, the Maize Mapping Project, Functional Genomics of Root Growth and Root Signaling under Drought, and Maize Functional Genomics. Theresa managed the Maize Functional Genomics Molecular Biology Laboratory from 2000 until the end of 2007.

From 2008 thru 2016, Theresa was the Laboratory Manager of the Molecular Genetics and Soybean Genomics Laboratory at the University of Missouri. She conducted research with the abiotic stress research team and managed the Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) phenotyping work in the lab. She administered the program budgets, research records and inventories, curated the lab website, and managed the daily laboratory operations for the Laboratory for nine years and coordinated the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology (NCSB) daily activities, outreach events, administered the budget, curated the NCSB website, and organized the annual Symposium for three years.

In 2017, Theresa joined the MU Strip Trial Program where she coordinated on-farm trials being conducted by corn and soybean producers throughout the state of Missouri. Theresa worked with Extension personnel and farmers to set-up and carry out trials on farmer fields, used GIS software and GPS equipment for field layouts, gathered information about each trial location, and maintained communication with Extension personnel and farmers throughout each year. As a licensed drone pilot, Theresa took aerial images at all trial locations and collected and processed soil samples. She managed data organization, analyses, created trial reports that were sent to farmers, created flyers, and disseminated upcoming trial information to recruit new farmer participants statewide. She also managed social media for the program including the MU Strip Trial website and Twitter account.

In December of 2019, Theresa joined the Division of Animal Sciences to work with the new Swine Somatic Cell Genome Editing Center that is being set up at MU. Theresa is assisting the current swine research team with setting up new swine facilities and helping to investigate and develop new research models that will be used in the Center. Working with the Directors, Theresa will be scheduling and overseeing new research projects in the Center while managing the daily activities of the Center.

Theresa is a co-author of 23 refereed scientific publications, 9 non-refereed publications, and over 75 abstracts. The list of refereed publications is listed below:

Valliyodan B, Brown AV, Wang J, Patil G, Liu Y, Otyama PI, Nelson RT, Vuong T, Song Q, Musket TA, Wagner R, Marri P, Reddy S, Sessions A, Wu X, Grant D, Bayer PE, Roorkiwal M, Varshney RK, Liu X, Edwards D, Xu D, Joshi T, Cannon SB, and Nguyen HT. 2021. Genetic variation among 481 diverse soybean accessions, inferred from genomic re-sequencing. Sci Data 8, 50 (2021).

Valliyodan B, Qui D, Patil G, Zeng P, Huang J, Dai L, Chen C, Li Y, Joshi T, Vuong TD, Musket TA, Xu D, Shannon JG, Shifeng C, Liu X, and Nguyen HT. 2016. Landscape of genomic diversity and trait discovery in soybean. Sci Reports 6:23598, doi:10.1038/srep23598.

Manavalan LP, Prince SJ, Musket TA, Chaky J, Deshmukh R, Vuong TD, Song L, Cregan PB, Nelson JC, Shannon JG, Specht JE, Nguyen HT. 2015. Identification of Novel QTL Governing Root Architectural Traits in an Interspecific Soybean Population. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 10;10 (3):e0120490. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120490.

Arikit S, Xia R, Kakrana A, Huang K, Zhai J, Yan Z, Valdés-López O, Prince S, Musket TA, Nguyen HT, Stacey G, Meyers BC. 2014. An Atlas of Soybean Small RNAs Identifies Phased siRNAs from Hundreds of Coding Genes. Plant Cell. 2014 Dec; 26 (12):4584-601. doi: 10.1105/tpc.114.131847.

Manavalan LP, Musket T, Nguyen HT. 2011. Natural genetic variation for root traits among diversity lines of maize (Zea Mays L.). Maydica, 56, 1/2, 59-68.

Emon RM, Gustafson JP, Nguyen HT, Musket T, Jahiruddin M, Islam MA, Haque MS, Islam MM, Begum SN, Hassan MM. 2010. Molecular marker-based characterization and genetic diversity of wheat genotypes in relation to Boron use efficiency. Indian J. Genet 70(4): 339-348.

Liu S, Abate ZA, Lu H, Musket T, Davis GL, McKendry AL. 2007. QTL associated with Fusaurium head blight resistance in the soft red winter wheat Ernie. Theor Appl Genet 115:417-427.

Yim YS, Davis G, Moak P, Sanchez-Villleda H, Musket T, Close P, Klein PE, Mullet JE, McMullen MD, Fang Z, Shaeffer M, Gardiner J, Coe EH. 2007. A BAC pooling strategy combined with PCR-based screenings in a large, highly repetitive genome enables integration of the maize genetic and physical maps. BMC Genomics 8:47.

McMullen MD, Kross H, Snook ME, Cortes-Cruz M, Houchins KA, Musket TA, Coe EH Jr. 2004. Salmon Silk genes contribute to the elucidation of the flavone pathway in Maize (Zea mays L.). Journal of Heredity 95(3):225-223.

Sanchez-Villeda H, Schroeder S, Polacco M, McMullen M, Havermann S, Davis G, Vroh-Bi I, Cone K, Sharopova N, Yim Y, Schultz L, Duru N, Musket T, Houchins K, Fang Z, Gardiner J, Coe EH Jr. 2003. Development of an integrated laboratory information management system for the maize mapping project. Bioinformatics. 19:2022-2030.

Yim YS, Davis G, Duru N, Musket T, Linton E, Messing J, McMullen M, Soderlund C, Polacco M, Gardiner J, Coe EH. 2002. Characterization of three maize bacterial artificial chromosome libraries toward anchoring of the physical map to the genetic map using high-density bacterial artificial chromosome filter hybridization. Plant Physiol. 130:1686-1696.

Tomkins JP, Davis G, Main D, Yim Y, Duru N, Musket T, Goicoechea JL, Frisch DA, Coe EH, Wing RA. 2002. Construction and characterization of a deep-coverage bacterial artificial chromosome library for maize. Crop Sci. 42:928-933.

Sharopova N, McMullen MD, Schultz L, Schroeder S, Sanchez-Villeda H, Gardiner J, Bergstrom D, Houchins, K, Melia-Hancock S, Musket T, Duru N, Polacco M, Edwards K, Ruff T, Register JC, Brouwer C, Thompson R, VelascoR, Chin E, Lee M, Woodman-Clikeman W, Long MJ, Liscum E, Cone K, Davis G, Coe EH. 2002. Development and mapping of SSR markers for maize. Plant Molecular Biology 48:463-481.

McMullen MD, Snook M, Lee EA, Byrne PF, Kross H, Musket TA, Houchins K, Coe EH. 2001. The biological basis of epistasis between quantitative trait loci for flavone and 3-deoxyanthocyanin synthesis in maize (Zea mays L.). Genome 44:667-676.

Ming R, Brewbaker J, Moon HG, Musket T, Holley R, Pataky JK, McMullen M. 1999. Identification of RFLP markers linked to a major gene, sw1, conferring resistance to Stewart’s wilt in maize. Maydica 44:319-323.

Davis GL, McMullen MD, Baysdorfer C, Musket T, Grant D, Staebell M, Xu G, Polacco M, Koster L, Melia-Hancock S, Houchins K, Chao S, Coe EH. 1999. A maize map standard with sequenced core markers, grass genome reference points and 932 expressed sequence tagged sites (ESTS) in a 1,736-locus map. Genetics 152:1137-1172.

Kyetere DT, Ming R, McMullen MD, Pratt RC, Brewbaker J, Musket T. 1999. Genetic analysis of tolerance to maize streak virus in maize. Genome 42:20-26.

Stein N, Ponelies N, Musket T, McMullen M, Weber G. 1998. Chromosome micro-dissection and region-specific libraries from pachytene chromosomes of maize. Plant J. 13:281-289.

Byrne PF, McMullen MD, Wiseman BR, Snook ME, Musket TA, Theuri JM, Widstrom NW, Coe EH. 1998. Maize silk maysin concentration and corn earworm antibiosis: QTLs and genetic mechanisms. Crop Sci. 38:461-471.

Byrne PF, McMullen MD, Wiseman BR, Snook ME, Musket TA, Theuri JM, Widstrom NW, Coe EH. 1997. Identification of maize chromosome regions associated with antibiosis to the corn earworm larvae (Lepidoptera:Noctuidae). J. Econ. Ent. 90:1039-1045.

Ming R, Brewbaker JL, Pratt RC, Musket TA, McMullen MD. 1997. Molecular mapping of a major gene conferring resistance to maize mosaic virus. Theor. Appl. Genet. 95:271-275.

Byrne PF, McMullen MD, Snook ME, Musket TA, Theuri JM, Widstrom NW, Wiseman BR, Coe EH. 1996. Quantitative trait loci and metabolic pathways: Genetic control of the concentration of maysin, a corn earworm resistance factor, in maize silks. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 93:8820-8825.

Chao S, Baysdorfer C, Heredia-Diaz O, Musket T, Xu G, Coe EH. 1994. RFLP mapping of partially sequenced leaf cDNA clones in maize. Theor. Appl. Genet. 88:717-721.