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Northwest Missouri State University

Jeffry Thornsberry

Jeffry Thornsberry



1411 CI


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2003

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. Plant Molecular Biology and Genetics; University of Missouri, 1999
  • A.B. Biology; Wabash College, 1993

Courses Taught

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Physiology
  • General Biology
  • Readings in Molecular Biology
  • Immunology Lab
  • Biology Seminar

Academic Interests

  • Natural genetic variation and its influence upon Zea mays flowering time and plant height
  • Regulation of gene expression related to photosynthesis

Scholarly Activity

  • McMullen, M.D., Kresovich, S., Villeda, H. S., Bradbury, P., Li, H., Sun, Q., Flint-Garcia, S., Thornsberry, J., Acharya, C. B., Bottoms, C., Brown, P., Browne, C., Eller, M., Guill, K., Harjes, C., Kroon, D., Lepak, N., Mitchell, S. E., Peterson, B., Pressoir, G., Romero, S., Rosas, M. O., Salvo, S., Yates, H., Hanson. M., Jones, E., Smith,S., Glaubitz, J. C., Goodman, M., Ware, D., Holland, J. B., Buckler, E. S. (2009). Genetic Properties of the Maize Nested Association Mapping Population. Science, 325, 737-740.
  • Jiao, S, JM Thornsberry, TE Elthon, and KJ Newton.  (2005) Biochemical and molecular characterization of photosystem I deficiency in the NCS6 mitochondrial mutant of maize.  Plant Molecular Biology, 57, 303-313
  • Flint-Garcia, SA, JM Thornsberry and ES Buckler (2003).  Structure of Linkage Disequilibrium in Plants.  Annual Review of Plant Biology 54, 357-374.
  • Buckler, ES, and JM Thornsberry (2002).  Plant molecular diversity and applications to genomics.  Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 5, 107-111.
  • Buckler, ES, JM Thornsberry, S Kresovich (2001).  Molecular diversity, structure and domestication of grasses.   Genetical Research 77, 213-218.
  • Remington, DL, JM Thornsberry, Y Matsuoka, LM Wilson, SR Whitt, J Doebley, S Kresovich, MM Goodman, and ES Buckler (2001).  Structure of linkage disequilibrium and phenotypic association in the maize genome.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 98, 11479-11484.
  • Thornsberry, JM, MM Goodman, J Doebley, S Kresovich, D Nielsen, and ES Buckler (2001).  Dwarf8 polymorphisms associate with variation in flowering time.   Nature Genetics, 28, 286-289.

Student Group Advisement

  • Pre Health Occupations Club
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Other Professional Experiences

  • Former Research Geneticist with USDA
  • Member American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Member Sigma Xi