Personnel

Mark Farman, Director
Dr. Mark Farman assumed the role of Director of the AGTC in July, 2011. Dr. Farman is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and comes to us with over 20 years of experience in genome science. He was closely involved with the development of the AGTC in its early years and now looks forward to guiding the center through an exciting genomic era. 

Abbe Kesterson, Facility Manager
Abbe graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1979 with a B.A. in Microbiology and English. She worked as a lab technician for 10 years in the UK Departments of Endocrinology and Biochemistry before entering the private sector as a lab manager for a contract research lab and later for an environmental testing company. She has also consulted with agrichemical businesses in the areas of EPA regulation compliance and EPA report writing. She joined AGTC in 2006 as a lab technician and became Facility Manager in 2007.

Jennifer Webb, Senior Laboratory Technician
Jenny received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Kentucky. She held laboratory research positions at UK before moving to United States Biochemical Corp. where she worked as a quality control manager. From there she went on to work as a sales representative for Varian Analytic Instruments before joining AGTC in 2004 as our chief laboratory technician. Jennifer is our resident expert in all aspects of AGTC’s operations.

Cagney E. Coomer, Laboratory Technician
Cagney graduated in 2010 with a dual B.S. degree in biology and chemistry from Virginia State University.She is currently a biotech Student working on her A.A.S. at Bluegrass Community Technical College. Cagney works at AGTC as a laboratory technician and currently runs our Sanger sequencing services.

Jolanta Jaromcyzk, Bioinformatic specialist
Jola received her MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky in 1992. Before joining the AGTC in 2009 as Data Management Specialist, she worked for a number of years as a software developer and system administrator in various units of the University of Kentucky: the College of Pharmacy, Medical Center Information Systems, Department of Physiology and the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. In the AGTC, Jola is responsible for bioinformatics applications and tools and she assists AGTC users with sequence assembly and data analysis.

Alfred D. Byrd, Business Officer
Al received his B.S. degree in Medical Technology from Michigan State University and his M. S. in Microbiology from the University of Kentucky. Since 1984, he has worked in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Schardl. He joined AGTC at its inception, first as a genomics technician and is now our business officer.