Dr. Schlueter received her BS in Genetics from Texas A&M and her PhD in Genetics at Iowa State University. Prior to arriving at UNC Charlotte in 2009, Dr. Schlueter was a postdoc at Purdue University. Dr. Schlueter’s research focus is plant genome sequencing and understanding how genome structure and complexity can be used to improve crops. She has worked on the soybean and oat genomes as part of the PanOat Consortium, miRNA profiling, and developing genetic tools for Yaupon, a native North American tea plant. Dr. Schlueter is also a part of the Environmental Monitoring Lab (EML) and is currently co-managing the UNC Charlotte SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Surveillance program as well as the SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance sequencing program. As part of the EML, Dr. Schlueter is working to develop protocols and methods to surveil not only SARS-CoV-2 but also emerging pathogens.