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Students

Boren, Duncan Duncan Boren
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Doing rotations
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: Doing rotations
Research interests: TBD.
Bryson, Abby Abby Bryson
Genetics and Genome Scienceshome icon
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Research interests: TBD.
Lab: Doing rotations
Chen, Huan Huan Chen
Genetics & Genome Scienceshome icon
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Lab: Brad Day
Research interests: Biology of host-pathogen interactions.
Chiu, Christina Christina Chiu
Crop & Soil Scienceshome icon
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LabHideki Takahashi & Karen Cichy
Research interests: Iron uptake in Arabidopsis thaliana, Medicago truncatula, and Phaseolus vulgaris (common bean).
Cook, Ron Ron Cook
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Christoph Benning
Research interests: Plastid lipid metabolism and fatty acid transport.
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.
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.
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.
Hird, Krystina Krystina Hird
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Eric Hegg
Research interests: Elucidating the mechanism of cytochrome c nitrite reductase, a key enzyme in the global nitrogen cycle.
Jacobs, MacKenzie MacKenzie Jacobs
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Doing rotations
Research interests: TBD.
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.
Kelly, Nathan Nathan Kelly
Horticulturehome icon
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Lab: Erik Runkle
Research interests: How light, specifically the color of light, alters plant growth and secondary metabolism.
Kenia Segura Abá Kenia Segura Abá
Genetics and Genome Scienceshome icon
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Lab: Shiu Lab
Research interests: Use machine learning to predict condition-specific complex traits by integrating multi-omic and genetic interaction data.
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.
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: Dr. 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.
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: Doing rotations
Research interests: Molecular plant response to changing environmental conditions.
Serda, Bianca Bianca Serda
Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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Lab: Doing rotations
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: Doing rotations
Research interests: Plant biochemistry and metabolism
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.