Dr Blair Resume

Dr. Blair PhotoMatthew Blair

Research Professor
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture

Contact Information
Office Location: 204 Farrell-Westbrook
Telephone: 615-963-7467
FAX: 615-963-1557
Email:  mblair@tnstate.edu

Program Areas
Plant Breeder, Molecular Geneticist

Link  to NPT  Volunteer Gardener Show  featuring Dr. Blair.


Graduate Courses 
1) Advanced Plant Breeding / graduate course, 3 credit course / AGSC5190 / Tennessee State University with required    reading of professional articles and supplementation with Xu (Molecular Plant Breeding) and Sleper and Poehlman, 5th Ed. (Breeding Field Crop)    
2) International Agriculture under Study Abroad / Independent Study / graduate course, 3 credits / AGSC5350 / Tennessee State University with trip to Buga, Colombia for training at Servicio Empresarial de Aprendizaje Nacional Educacional     (SENA), Sponsored by State Department and the government of Colombia through SENA under the auspices of Partners of the Americas.

Undergraduate Courses 
1) Introduction to Biotechnology / freshman or sophomore biotechnology concentration course / AGSC1600 / Tennessee State University with required reading from Thielman and Pallatino, any Ed.
2) Plant Breeding / upper level undergraduate 3 credit course / AGSC4310 / Tennessee State University with required reading of Sleper and Poehlman, 5th Ed.

Adjunct and Affiliated Faculty

Cornell University, Department of Plant Breeding, School of Integrated Plant Science, College of Agriculture & Life Science.  
Vanderbilt University, Center for Latin American Studies.

Individualized courses

Borlaug Fellow (Morocco) – Dr. Chafika Houasli
Borlaug Fellow (Malaysia) – Ms. Naransa Limpot
Borlaug Fellow (Ethiopia 1) – Mr. Girma Ayana
Borlaug Fellow (Ethiopia 2) – Mr. Habtamu Demessie
Borlaug Fellow (Kenya) – Mr. Geoffrey Karau
GCP Fellow (Ethiopia) – Dr. Asrat Asfaw

Courses on Molecular Breeding (4 since 2011)

February, 2019 – Nashville Tennessee – Illumina sequencing on NextSeq platform
July, 2018 – Nashville Tennessee – Illumina sequencing on MiSeq platform
June 2012 – Montpellier, France – molecular breeding for abiotic stress resistance
March 2011 – Accra, Ghana –molecular breeding module for West Africa Centre for Crop Improv. (WACCI)

Awards and Honors

Erasmus Fund (European Union) Fellowship for Visiting Scholars. France and Sweden 2012

CIAT’s list of most productive scientists for refereed publications: 1st place 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Bean Improvement Cooperative - Distinguished Achievement Award, 2007

Invited Speaker at Conferences: Bean Improvement Cooperative (USA) - BIC 2005, 2007; Congresso Nacional de Feijão (Brazil) - CONAFE 2008; Crop Science Society of America (USA) - CSSA, 2009; International Crop Legume Genetics and Genomics - ICLGG 2003, 2008, 2010; International Life Sciences Institute – ILSI (Colombia and USA) 2005,2006,2007, 2012; Plant and Animal Genome (USA) - PAG 2002, 2007

Invited Lectures; Cargill Series at Colorado State Univ. (Fort Collins, USA) 2009; Chinese Academy of Agri. Science (Beijing, China) 2008, 2009; Cornell Plant Breeding Seminar Series (Ithaca, USA) 2006; 2008; Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agrícola, Centro de Arroz e Feijão (EMBRAPA-CNPAF) (Goiânia, Brazil) 2004 and 2006.

Students - Where are they now?
       PhD Students
       MS Students
       BSc Honor Students      
       Fellowship Students


PhD in Plant Breeding, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
MS in Agronomy, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR
BS in Agriculture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Date joined staff:  June, 2013