The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Plant Biology Graduate Students

Current Plant Biology graduate students and a brief summary of their research


William Barnes
Graduate Student

Investigating the cell biology of carbon flux in plants: analysis of UDP-glucose production and utilization for cell wall biosynthesis

Christopher Benson
Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Aditi Bhat
Graduate Student

Calcium and pH signaling

Lee "Lloyd" Breunig
Graduate Student

Structural Role of Xylans in Primary Cell Walls of Monocots

Lina Castano-Duque
Graduate student

Plant-insect interactions using corn and two of its most devastating pests, fall armyworm and western corn root worm, by focusing on the plant communication between roots and shoots

Cassidy Cornblatt
Graduate Student

Mechanisms of receptor-like kinase-dependent mechanical signaling

Jin Cui
Graduate Student

Cloning and epigenetic inheritance of Ufo1 in maize

Victoria DeLeo
Graduate Student

Plant adaptation

Cody DePew
Graduate Student

Role of auxin in ionic signaling and root growth

Kayla Echols
Graduate Student

CRISPR/Cas9-mediated precision breeding of potato cultivars for self-compatibility, hybrid vigor and disease resistance

Sihui Gao
Graduate Student

Genetic mapping and breeding for late blight resistance in tomato using two wild accessions

Meredith Hanlon
Graduate Student

Root traits and growth and the relation to soil nutrient status

Nathan Hepler
Graduate Student

Evolution of cell wall binding proteins

Ming-Yang Ho
Graduate Student

Far-red light photoacclimation in cyanobacteria

Mengyuan Jia
Graduate Student

Fine mapping tomato Late Blight resistance gene and breeding Late Blight resistant tomato with marker-assisted selection

Shan Jin
Graduate Student

Caterpillar and maize interaction

Nathan Johnson
Graduate Student

Annotation of small RNA producing loci in major crop plants and model organisms

Samuel Jones
Graduate Student

Implications of haustorial connection regulation in the hemiparasite Triphysaria versicolor (Orobanchaceae) on host selection and diversity

Brendon Juengst
Graduate Student

Iron uptake and homeostasis in Arabidopsis

Elizabeth Kelly
Graduate Student

Host selection and gene regulation of generalist parasitic plants

Stephanie Klein
Graduate Student

Maize root metaxylem traits that enhance drought resistance

Benjamin Knollenberg
Graduate Student

Stilbene metabolism in cacao: role in defense and biosynthetic pathway elucidation

Tina Lai
Graduate Student

Improving somatic embryogenesis in Theobroma cacao

Ningxiao Li
Graduate Student

Mechanism underlying plant growth promotion and enhanced stress resistance by fungal volatile organic compounds

Shu Li
Graduate Student

Mechanism of S-RNase-based self-incompatibility

Thomas McCarthy
Graduate Student

Plant cell walls

Daniel McClosky
Graduate Student

Plant cell wall dynamics

Bastian Minkenberg
Graduate Student

Elucidating rice biotic and abiotic stress signaling mechanisms and utilizing new genome editing technology to improve rice breeding

Natali Ozber
Graduate Student

Identification of host proteins interacting with Ourmia melon virus (OuMV) movement protein

Jenna Reeger
Graduate Student

Genetic controls of rice root anatomical traits and how these traits affect rice drought avoidance

Yue Rui
Graduate Student

Roles of cell walls in stomatal development and function

Saima Shahid
Graduate Student

Plant small RNAs and their targets

Christopher Strock
Graduate Student

Drought tolerance in common bean

Linhan Sun
Graduate Student
Kao Lab

Mechanism of S-RNase-based self-incompatibility in Petunia inflata

Megan Sylvia
Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Feng Wang
Graduate Student

Roles of heterochromatic siRNAs in plants

Wanyan Wang
Graduate Student

Genetic diversity in forest trees and associated wildlife

Xuan Wang
Graduate Student

Using reducing ends as marker to investigate putative hydrolytic activity of maize beta-expansin (Zea m 1)

Kameron Wittmeyer
Graduate Student

Epigenetic regulation of gene expression using the Ufo1 mutant

Binning Wu
Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Lihua Wu
Graduate Student

Mechanism of S-RNase-based self-incompatibility

Jennifer Yang
Graduate Student

Utility of anatomical root phenes for nitrogen acquisition in maize

Yunqing Yu
Graduate Student

Cell signaling in Arabidopsis.

Huiting Zhang
Graduate Student

Functional analysis of potential parasitism genes

Yu Zhang
Graduate Student

Turfgrass hermaphroditism