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Students

Boren, Duncan Duncan Boren
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Josh Vermaas
Research interests: Finding ways to grow nutritious foods under hot or dry conditions.
Brown, Hannah Hannah Brown
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Chad Niederhuth
Research interests: Understanding how DNA methylation impacts gene duplication and how polyploidy leads to more robust crop species.
Bryson, Abby Abby Bryson
Genetics and Genome Scienceshome icon
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Lab: Bjoern Hamberger
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Chen, Huan Huan Chen
Genetics & Genome Scienceshome icon
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Lab: Brad Day
Research interests: Biology of host-pathogen interactions.
Donnelly, Shannon Shannon Donnelly
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Doing rotations
Research interests: Key redox reactions involved in membrane lipid metabolism.
Engelgau, Philip Philip Engelgau
Horticulturehome icon
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Lab: Randolph Beaudry
Research interests: Genomic and molecular factors which are responsible for desirable sensory traits in fruit such as taste, color and aroma.
Gomez, Lina Lina Gomez
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Erich Grotewold
Research interests: New genes involved in biosynthesis and regulation of phenolic compounds in maize and Arabidopsis.
Gong, Huijia Huijia Gong
Genetics and Genome Scienceshome icon
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Lab: Gregg Howe
Research interests: Plant defense responses and specialized metabolisms related to the jasmonate pathway.
Gregory, Luke Luke Gregory
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Berkley Walker
Research interests: To challenge and expand current photosynthetic models to better represent the photorespiratory response to increased temperature.
Harman, Max Max Harman
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Doing rotations
Research interests: Eliminating bottlenecks in plant genetic engineering and synthetic biology.
Heger, Lexi Lexi Heger
Plant, Soil and Microbial Scienceshome icon
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Lab: Timothy Miles
Research interests: Oomycete pathogens of grape and hop, with a focus on downy mildew.
Jacobs, MacKenzie MacKenzie Jacobs
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Patrick Edger
Research interests: Blueberry fruit metabolite variation and strawberry subgenome expression dominance and pangenomics.
Jennings, Emily Emily Jennings
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Katherine Osteryoung
Research interests: Understanding how chloroplast morphology is regulated in plants.
Jiang, Xiaotong Xiaotong Jiang
Plant Biologyhome icon
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LabJianping Hu
Research interests: The role of photosynthesis and photorespiration under stress conditions.
Johnson, Leah Leah Johnson
Cell & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Gregg Howe
Research interests: Understanding how plant defense responses and metabolism are shifted after stress, through studying the jasmonate signaling pathway.
Kenia Segura Abá Kenia Segura Abá
Genetics and Genome Scienceshome icon
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Lab: Shin-Han Shiu
Research interests: Use machine learning to predict condition-specific complex traits by integrating multi-omic and genetic interaction data.
Kleven, Bailey Bailey Kleven
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Doing rotations
Research interests: Elucidating regulatory mechanisms of plant metabolic pathways during environmental stimuli.
Koenig, Amanda Amanda Koenig
Genetics & Genome Scienceshome icon
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Lab: Susanne Hoffmann-Benning
Research interests: Systemic lipid signaling and plant development in response to abiotic stress.
Kusi-Appiah, George George Kusi-Appiah
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Doing rotations
Research interests: CO2-concentrating mechanism of microalgae, photoprotection in photosynthesis, oxidative stress in photosynthesis.
Landa, Joel Joel Landa
Cell and Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Doing rotations
Research interests: Synthetic biology and molecular plant biology.
Lanier, Emily Emily Lanier
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Bjoern Hamberger
Research interests: Using synthetic biology to harness production of plant metabolites as high value chemicals for industry and medicine.
Le, Moss Moss Le
Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences home icon
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Lab: Sarah Lebeis
Research interests: Fungal biology, microbe-microbe interactions, host-pathogen interactions.
Li, Pai Pai Li
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Brad Day
Research interests: Plant immunity and the cytoskeleton.
Lotreck, Serena Serena Lotreck
Plant Biology / CMSEhome icon
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Lab: Shin-Han Shiu
Research interests: Using machine learning interpretability on model systems to study genetic interactions; information extraction and knowledge graph construction from plant biology literature.
Moreno, Nick Nick Moreno
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Doing rotations
Research interests: The role of plant metabolic chemistry in evolution and environmental interactions.
Parks, Hannah Hannah Parks
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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LabCornelius Barry
Research interests: Plant biochemistry; Plant evolution and metabolism.
Reist, Lucas Lucas Reist
Cell and Molecular Biologyhome icon
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LabBjoern Hamberger
Research interests: Leveraging synthetic biology and plant specialized metabolism for sustainable production of complex chemicals.
Rillema, Rees Rees Rillema
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology home icon
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Lab: Danny Ducat
Research interests: Small molecule trafficking between species.
Roggenkamp, Emily Emily Roggenkamp
Genetics & Genome Sciences home icon
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Lab: Martin Chilvers
Research interests: Pathogen infection and resistance mechanisms.
Schlecht, Nicholas Nicholas Schlecht
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Bjoern Hamberger
Research interests: Elucidating terpenoid pathways and biosynthesis.
Schuster, Jenny Jenny Schuster
Cell and Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Robert VanBuren
Research interests: Molecular plant response to changing environmental conditions.
Serda, Bianca Bianca Serda
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Thomas D. Sharkey
Research interests: TBD.
Smith, Kaila Kaila Smith
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Berkley Walker
Research interests: Improving photosynthetic fluxes by increasing our understanding of the crosstalk between photosynthesis and photorespiration.
Steensma, Anne Anne Steensma
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Yair Shachar-Hill and Berkley Walker
Research interests: Metabolism of an extremophilic single-celled alga.
Strickland, Luke Luke Strickland
Genetics and Genome Scienceshome icon
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Lab: Doing rotations
Research interests: Exploring the genetic and molecular/metabolic explanations behind plants traits important for furthering our understanding of plant biology, as well as for crop improvement, including tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses, nutritional quality and yield.
Susanto, Febri Febri Susanto
Biochemistry and Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Peter Lundquist
Research interests: Understanding the biogenesis of chloroplastic lipid droplets in Cyanobacteria and plant's plastoglobules for enhancement of crop stress resilience.
Temple, Joshua Joshua Temple
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Lab: David Kramer
Research interests: Improving productivity and stress tolerance in algae and unraveling their underlying mechanisms.
Thibault, Ethan Ethan Thibault
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Federica Brandizzi
Research interests: Investigating and characterizing key players in stress response pathways in plants.
Thompson, Samantha Samantha Thompson
Plant, Soil & Microbial Scienceshome icon
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LabTimothy Miles
Research interests: Fungicide resistance of grape powdery mildew and powdery mildew genomics. 
Thomson, Joanne Joanne Thomson
Cell & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Federica Brandizzi
Research interests: Understanding and improving plants responses to the environment.
Young, Danielle Danielle Young
Plant Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Yair Shachar-Hill
Research interests: Isotopic labeling and physiological measurements to trace the fluxes of lipids in a model microalga under various growth conditions.