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Rillema, Rees

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Lab: Doing rotations
Research interests: Small molecule trafficking between species.

Quick Profile

What got you interested in plants and plant science?
I got interested in plant science after reading about Roundup ready corn and then later again when I discovered sustainable biofuels.

What is your research about?
My research is on small molecule trafficking between species and how those molecules are used in downstream metabolism.

What is the potential societal impact of your research?
We could increase our understanding of metabolic processes, elucidate the mechanisms involved in interspecies interactions, and enhance biofuel production.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would like to be in an industry position, where I could encourage more sustainable biotech practices while developing and expanding new biofuels options.

On a Saturday afternoon, you'll likely find me:
Tending to my many house plants or in a local forest looking a some cool bug/fungus/plant/rock I found, trying to show whoever I'm with how amazing it is.