Han Tan is an Assistant Professor of Plant Genetics in the School of Biology and Ecology (SBE) at the University of Maine, cooperating faculty in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program (EES) and the School of Food and Agriculture (SFA), and a faculty member in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (GSBSE). Han is a graduate of Duke University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Visual Arts, and he earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Genomics from Washington University in St Louis. Han also worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Genome Center and Plant Biology Department at the University of California Davis.
Han studies how genomes can be rapidly remodeled in times of genomic instability, which can occur when plants cross hybridize or when cell division proceeds erroneously. This research can potentially impact plant breeding efforts and provides a model to test how chromosomes evolve over time.