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Nonoy B. Bandillo

Nonoy Bandillo
Office: Loftsgard Hall 370G
Phone: (701) 231-8056

Assistant Professor
Pulse Breeding & Genetics

Pulse Breeding & Genetics website

The objectives of the pulse breeding and genetics program are:
1) To develop improved cultivars of pea, lentil and chickpea for the Northern Plains region through application of conventional and molecular breeding.
2) To evaluate advanced breeding tools to improve the efficacy of pulse breeding.


  • PhD 2016, Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • MSc 2012, Plant Breeding, University of the Philippines
  • BSc 2008, Agriculture, magna cum laude, University of the Philippines

Teaching Interests

  • Plant Quantitative Genetics
  • Advanced Plant Breeding

Professional Experience

  • 2019 - present: Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 2018: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2017 - 2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate/Visiting Scientist, Plant Quantitative Genetics, Cornell University
  • 2013 - 2016: Graduate Research Assistant, Plant Breeding and Quantitative Genetics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2012 - 2013: Assistant Scientist, Rice MAGIC Populations, International Rice Research Institute
  • 2008 - 2010: Researcher, Rice MAGIC Populations, International Rice Research Institute


  • 2016: International Quantitative Genetics Fellowship
  • 2014-2015: Henry M. Beachell Fellow
  • 2014-2015: Hardin Distinguished Graduate Fellow
  • 2014: CY 2014 Best R&D Paper - Research Category
  • 2010-2012: Pioneer Hi-Bred International Scholarship
  • 2011: Academic Excellence, Phi Sigma Honor Society
  • 2009: Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture Best Undergraduate Thesis
  • 2008: Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Science Award
  • 2008: College of Agriculture Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence, University of the Philippines
  • 2008: University President’s Medal Academic Excellence, University of the Philippines
  • 2008: University of the Philippines Alumni Association Leadership Award


Kremling K, Diepenbrock C, Gore M, Buckler E, and Bandillo N. Transcriptome-wide association studies in maize increase the power of associating genes to phenotype. PrePrint at bioRxiv. doi:10.1101/363242.

Zhou S, Ahern K, Kremling K, Bandillo N, Zhang Y, Buckler E, and Jander G. Chemical diversity and genetic control of maize specialized metabolites are revealed by metabolome-scale genome-wide association studies. The Plant Cell 31 (5), 937-955

Valluru R, Gazave E, Fernandes S, Ferguson J, Zuo T, Brown P, Leakey A, Gore M, Buckler E, and Bandillo N. 2019. Deleterious mutation burden and its association with complex traits in sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). Genetics 211 (3), 1075-1087

Bandillo N, Anderson J, Kantar M, Stupar R, Specht J, Graef  G, and Lorenz A. 2017. Dissecting the genetic basis of local adaptation in soybean. Scientific Reports.7 (1):17195.

Campbell M, Bandillo N, Sharma S, Al-Shiblawi F, Liu K, Du Q, Schmitz A, Zhang C, Véry A, Lorenz, and A, Walia H. Allelic variants of OsHKT1;1 underlie the divergence between Indica and Japonica subspecies of rice (Oryza sativa) for root sodium content. PLoS Genetics

Bandillo N, Lorenz A, Graef G, Jarquin G, Hyten D, Nelson R, and Specht J. 2017. Genome-wide association mapping of qualitatively inherited traits in a germplasm collection. Plant Genome doi:10.3835/plantgenome2016.06.0054.

Bandillo N, Jarquin D, Song Q, Nelson R, Cregan P, Specht J, and Lorenz A. 2015. A Population structure and genome-wide association analysis on the USDA soybean germplasm collection. Plant Genome. doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2015.04.0024.

Bandillo N, Carpena A, Ramos J, and Brar D. 2014. Molecular characterization of tungro resistant introgression lines derived from the cross Oryza sativa X O. rufipogon Griff. Philippine Journal of Crop Science. 39 (1):1-10.

Bandillo N, Raghavan N, Muyco P, Sevilla M, Lobina I, Dilla C, Tung C, McCouch S, Thomson M, Mauleon R, Singh RK, Gregorio G, Redona E, and Leung H. 2013. Multi-parent advanced generation inter-cross (MAGIC) populations in rice: progress and potential for genetics research and breeding. Rice. 10.1186/1939-8433-6-11.

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