Jorja Elliott

Graduate Student at Texas A&M University

About Me

About Me

Ph.D. Student | Plant Biology | Texas A&M University

  • Welcome! I'm Jorja Elliott, and I am currently a second year Ph.D. student in the Biology Department of Texas A&M University.
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  • Research Interests: Plant Biology, Quantitative Genetics & Genomics
My Resume

My Resume

Explore my current and previous research, as well as my professional experiences.


Doctor of Philosophy in Biology

2021 - present

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Studying epistatic gene action and additive gene action to understand how organisms respond to changes in environment or domestication

Bachelor of Science in Biology

2017 - 2021

Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Graduated with Honors

Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science Graduate

2017 - 2019

Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Professional Experience

Graduate Research Assistant

2022 - present

Texas A&M University

Graduate Teaching Assistant

2021 - 2022

Texas A&M University

  • Teaching Assistantship through the Lower Division Introductory Biology Program at Texas A&M University
  • Fall 2021 Laboratory Teaching Assistant for Introductory Biology 111, U 60 students
  • Spring 2022 Laboratory Teaching Assistant for Introductory Biology 112, U 50 students
  • Fall 2022 Laboratory Teaching Assistant for Introductory Biology 111 Honors, U 24 students

Research Assistant

Summer 2020

Heartland Plant Innovations, Manhattan, KS

  • This facility produces double haploid strains of wheat with the goal of producing genetically pure plant lines that serve to accelerate the breeding process, offer a quick route to new gene transformations, disease resistance, and improved quality and yield.
  • I learned commercially-oriented research techniques, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and gel electrophoresis analysis of genes, emasculation, embryo rescue, application of hormonal treatments, and disease management.


As I publish research, the most recent publications will be accessible through the links below.









Undergraduate Research

2018 - 2021

Enzymatic tolerance to sulfide, lactic acid, and ethanol in corn and catfish tissues. Research funded by Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE)

REU Research

Summer 2019

Impacts of commercial soil microbial additives on growth and performance of wheat and sorghum. Research funded by Kansas National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Simulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

Evolution of traits in S. pennellii and S. lycopersicon

2021 - Present

What proportion of trait divergence among tomato species is due to epistatic variation? By observing morphological and life history traits across seven crosses of tomatoes, I will use Line Cross Analysis to infer the net genetic architecture for traits that have diverged in the parental lines.

Contact Me

Contact Me

Let's chat about plant genetics! Feel free to reach out via email or find me on Twitter!

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TAMU Biology

(979) 845-7747