We are a small group of scientists with diverse interests.

Dr. Nolan Kane


Dr. Kane is an evolutionary biologist with ample experience sequencing, assembling, annotating and mapping genomes. He works with numerous organisms such as cacao, sunflowers and Brassica (cauliflower, broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts) on a variety of fundamental biological questions concerning domestication, adaptation, conservation, and speciation.

Dr. Kane’s experience and expertise in genomics and evolution will be invaluable to CGRI’s goal of revolutionizing Cannabis for the purpose of medical and industrial breeding.

Dr. Daniela Vergara


Dr. Daniela Vergara is an evolutionary biologist with experience in coevolutionary interactions who recently received her degree from Indiana University Bloomington. Her previous work involves the ecological description of host-parasite interactions in time and geographical space.

She has been working with Dr. Kane since 2013, learning about genomics and genome assembling and annotation. She is interested in understanding the genomic variation found in male and female Cannabis plants.

Kyle Keepers


Kyle graduated from the College of Charleston in 2007 with a degree in mathematics. Kyle is now endowed as a Ph.D. student by the Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology Program at CU Boulder, which is helping him apply his math skills towards his passion for biology.

Besides learning about the distinctiveness in Cannabis genomes, he is also interested in how the fitness of inbred populations of desert fishes is affected by the introduction of genetic variation from neighboring, less inbred populations. With his research he hopes to understand whether facilitated transfer of genetic variation is a viable conservation tool.

Silas Tittes


Silas is an evolutionary biologist broadly interested in how humans interact with other species and the consequences that these interactions have at the genomic level.

He works in multiple different projects in the Kane lab including the study of sunflower adaptation to urban environments, genome wide analysis of field mustard (Brassica rapa) populations, and global distribution and climatic adaptation of Arabidopsis thaliana. Silas specializes in computational analysis, statistics and bioinformatics.

Bryan Corey


Bryan received his bachelor’s of science in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 2009, he has been passionately researching the chemistry and genetics of cannabis in Colorado and Canada.

He has gained extensive experience with the analysis and extraction of cannabis, as well as the organic synthesis of pharmaceutical-purity cannabinoids. He recently moved back to Denver after a 2-year research project at the University of British Columbia involving the biosynthesis of cannabinoids.

Ryan C. Lynch


Ryan received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He uses experimental and population genomic approaches to uncover novel adaptive traits of bacteria and plants.

Past projects encompass a range of study systems from exotic Atacama Desert Actinobacteria to the prairie tallgrass, Andropogon gerardii. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado.

Kristin White


Kristin is a research assistant with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from CU Boulder. She is broadly interested expanding her work in genetics, phylogenetics, statistics, and bioinformatics.

Specifically, she is excited about understanding how the Cannabis genome has changed over time in response to human selection for particular traits and quantifying the chemotypic variation in modern strains. Her previous work includes work on soil nitrogen cycling in managed rangelands and the chemical mediation of plant-insect interactions.

Ezra Huscher


Ezra is a computer scientist who loves solving computational problems, particularly in astrophysics and biology. He is excited by the vast potential of cannabis as a medicine, fuel, and textile source and its role in future economies that are sustainable.

Halie Baker

Halie Baker

Halie Baker is a research assistant who graduated with her degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her interests are in the leaf morphology of Cannabis in order to determine whether phenotype varies within and between taxonomic groupings of broad and narrow leaflet shapes. She would also like to utilize genomic and phylogenetic approaches to relate leaf shape variation to the genome, in order to understand whether leaf shape relates to Cannabis populations.

Defining the taxonomy and relationship of Cannabis individuals with the aid of geometric morphometrics programs will contribute to the understanding of Cannabis biology, crucial to the nascent, controversial, and world-changing Cannabis industry.

Christopher Pauli

Christopher Pauli is a research assistant who graduated with an honor’s bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His Honor’s Thesis was focused on differential mRNA expression to understand the genetic basis of sex determination in Cannabis Sativa. His work currently expands this project to a wider variety of cultivars to expand the potential value of this work.

His other projects include work into the cannabinoid synthase paralogs, primer design with Steep Hill Labs, and managing our blog posts. His passion for plant breeding and genetics has guided his work to be focused on mutations as identifiable markers for specific traits of interest.

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