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Students

 

    Duncan Boren Boren, Duncan
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Josh Vermaas
    Research interests: Finding ways to grow nutritious foods under hot or dry conditions.
    Hannah Brown Brown, Hannah
    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.
    Abby Bryson Bryson, Abby
    Genetics and Genome Scienceshome icon
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    Lab: Bjoern Hamberger
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    Huan Chen Chen, Huan
    Genetics & Genome Scienceshome icon
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    Lab: Brad Day
    Research interests: Biology of host-pathogen interactions.
    Shannon Donnelly Donnelly, Shannon
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Doing rotations
    Research interests: Key redox reactions involved in membrane lipid metabolism.
    Philip Engelgau Engelgau, Philip
    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.
    Lina Gomez Gomez, Lina
    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.
    Huijia Gong Gong, Huijia
    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.
    Luke Gregory Gregory, Luke
    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.
    Max Harman Harman, Max
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Doing rotations
    Research interests: Eliminating bottlenecks in plant genetic engineering and synthetic biology.
    Lexi Heger Heger, Lexi
    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.
    MacKenzie Jacobs Jacobs, MacKenzie
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Patrick Edger
    Research interests: Blueberry fruit metabolite variation and strawberry subgenome expression dominance and pangenomics.
    Xiaotong Jiang Jiang, Xiaotong
    Plant Biologyhome icon
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    LabJianping Hu
    Research interests: The role of photosynthesis and photorespiration under stress conditions.
    Leah Johnson Johnson, Leah
    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.
    Isaiah Kaufman Kaufman, Isaiah
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Doing rotations
    Research interests: Understanding and engineering photosynthetic processes and products for creating more sustainable systems.
    Bailey Kleven Kleven, Bailey
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Doing rotations
    Research interests: Elucidating regulatory mechanisms of plant metabolic pathways during environmental stimuli.
    Amanda Koenig Koenig, Amanda
    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.
    George Kusi-Appiah Kusi-Appiah, George
    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.
    Joel Landa Landa, Joel
    Cell and Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Doing rotations
    Research interests: Synthetic biology and molecular plant biology.
    Emily Lanier Lanier, Emily
    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.
    Moss Le Le, Moss
    Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences home icon
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    Lab: Sarah Lebeis
    Research interests: Fungal biology, microbe-microbe interactions, host-pathogen interactions.
    Serena Lotreck Lotreck, Serena
    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.
    Angel McKay Whiteman McKay Whiteman, Angel
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Doing rotations
    Research interests: Use of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology to develop novel pathways and products, particularly bioactive compounds beneficial to human health.
    Nick Moreno Moreno, Nick
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Doing rotations
    Research interests: The role of plant metabolic chemistry in evolution and environmental interactions.
    Hannah Parks Parks, Hannah
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    LabCornelius Barry
    Research interests: Plant biochemistry; Plant evolution and metabolism.
    Lucas Reist Reist, Lucas
    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.
    Rees Rillema Rillema, Rees
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biology home icon
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    Lab: Danny Ducat
    Research interests: Small molecule trafficking between species.
    Emily Roggenkamp Roggenkamp, Emily
    Genetics & Genome Sciences home icon
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    Lab: Martin Chilvers
    Research interests: Pathogen infection and resistance mechanisms.
    Kevin D. Santiago Morales Santiago Morales, Kevin D.
    Microbiology & Molecular Geneticshome icon
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    Lab: Sarah Lebeis
    Research interests: How rhizosphere bacteria can affect plant development during nutrient stress, specifically under phosphorus deficiency.
    Nicholas Schlecht Schlecht, Nicholas
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Bjoern Hamberger
    Research interests: Elucidating terpenoid pathways and biosynthesis.
    Jenny Schuster Schuster, Jenny
    Cell and Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Robert VanBuren
    Research interests: Molecular plant response to changing environmental conditions.
    Kenia Segura Abá Segura Abá, Kenia
    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.
    Bianca Serda Serda, Bianca
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Thomas D. Sharkey
    Research interests: TBD.
    Kaila Smith Smith, Kaila
    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.
    Anne Steensma Steensma, Anne
    Plant Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Yair Shachar-Hill and Berkley Walker
    Research interests: Metabolism of an extremophilic single-celled alga.
    Luke Strickland Strickland, Luke
    Genetics and Genome Scienceshome icon
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    Lab: Doing rotations
    Research interests: Exploring genetic and molecular explanations behind plant traits important for crop improvement, including biotic/abiotic stress tolerance, nutritional quality and yield.
    Febri Susanto Susanto, Febri
    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.
    Joshua Temple Temple, Joshua
    Plant Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: David Kramer
    Research interests: Improving productivity and stress tolerance in algae and unraveling their underlying mechanisms.
    Ethan Thibault Thibault, Ethan
    Plant Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Federica Brandizzi
    Research interests: Investigating and characterizing key players in stress response pathways in plants.
    Samantha Thompson Thompson, Samantha
    Plant, Soil & Microbial Scienceshome icon
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    LabTimothy Miles
    Research interests: Fungicide resistance of grape powdery mildew and powdery mildew genomics. 
    Joanne Thomson Thomson, Joanne
    Cell & Molecular Biologyhome icon
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    Lab: Federica Brandizzi
    Research interests: Understanding and improving plants responses to the environment.
    Alumni Alumni

    Spring 2022

    • Emily Jennings, Ph.D. in Plant Biology and Molecular Plant Sciences
    • Pai Li, Ph.D. in Plant Biology and Molecular Plant Sciences
    • Danielle Young, Ph.D. in Plant Biology and Molecular Plant Sciences