Katy Martin Rainey
Assistant Professor of Agronomy
Office: Lilly 2-351
Area of Expertise: Soybean Genetics & Breeding
Katy Martin Rainey is an Assistant Professor of
Plant Breeding and Genetics in the Purdue University
Department of Agronomy. She studies genetic improvement of
soybeans for increased yield and better quality using multidisciplinary
approaches. Dr. Rainey focuses on integrating diverse sources of
information to demonstrate new approaches to soybean breeding. She collaborates
with geneticists, agronomists, economists, engineers, and other soybean
breeders in the public and private sectors to do this. Dr. Rainey has
been breeding soybeans for 10 years and has released specialty cultivars.
yield improvement, she focuses on dissection of yield into components traits in
productive environments. This includes goals to describe new traits
associated with yield that can measured using new technologies such as
precision and high-throughput phenotyping. She also explores how to predict
yield and maximize gain from selection in soybeans using the components of
phenotypic variance, high density markers, and mixed models for analyses.
quality improvement, Dr. Rainey is broadly interested in how to modify the
commodity paradigm in soybean to create new markets and grow value across the
entire value chain. An example of the application of this to her research
is using poultry feeding studies to describe metabolizable energy of soybean
meal as a new trait that can be phenotyped.