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

Ryan Barton
Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Christopher Benson
Graduate Student

Epigenetic mechanisms of adaptability in turfgrass species Poa annua

Aditi Bhat
Graduate Student

Calcium and pH signaling

Jishnu Bhatt
Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Francisco Menéndez Burns
Graduate Student

Metallo-biology of the chocolate tree, Theobroma cacao L.

Christian Cantos
Graduate Student

Heterotrimeric G proteins in rice

Cassidy Cornblatt
Graduate Student

Mechanisms of receptor-like kinase-dependent mechanical signaling

Jin Cui
Graduate Student

Cloning and epigenetic inheritance of Ufo1 in maize

Adam Damon
Graduate Student

Investigating the effects of parasitization of Helicoverpa zea and Spodoptera frugiperda caterpillars by Cotesia wasps on herbivory-induced defense responses in tomato

Victoria DeLeo
Graduate Student

Plant adaptation

Cody DePew
Graduate Student

Role of auxin in ionic signaling and root growth

Isaac Dopp
Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Sydney Duncombe
Graduate Student

Cell wall structure and formation in Arabidopsis thaliana

Sihui Gao
Graduate Student

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

Jeremy Held
Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Nathan Hepler
Graduate Student

Evolution of cell wall binding proteins

Ming-Yang Ho
Graduate Student

Far-red light photoacclimation in cyanobacteria

Vicki Hsieh-Feng
Graduate Student

Improving CRISPR/Cas genome editing for rice precision breeding

Youran Huang
Graduate Student

Integrating cellular iron compartmentalization mechanisms

Collin Hudzik
Graduate Student

Cuscuta campestris microRNAs targeting tomato host mRNAs

Ha Eun Jeh
Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Mengyuan Jia
Graduate Student

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

Nathan Johnson
Graduate Student

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

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

Ningxiao Li
Graduate Student

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

Daniel McClosky
Graduate Student

Plant cell wall dynamics

Kemin Mu
Graduate Student

Molecular mechanisms involved in iron homeostasis

Miranda Niemiec
Graduate Student

Maize root traits enhancing nutrient and water acquisition

Natali Ozber
Graduate Student

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

Sarah Pfaff
Graduate Student

Investigating nascent cell wall regeneration in protoplasts

Jenna Reeger
Graduate Student

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

Matthew Sheltra
Graduate Student

Breeding and population genetics of turfgrass Agrostis stolonifera, and mechanism of fungus-induced hermaphroditism in Bouteloua dactyloides

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

RNA structure and function relationships

Xuan Wang
Graduate Student

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

Donghui Wei
Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Binning Wu
Graduate Student

Role of maize secondary metabolites in gut health

Lihua Wu
Graduate Student

Mechanism of S-RNase-based self-incompatibility

Jingyi Yu
Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Ellen Zelinsky
Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Huiting Zhang
Graduate Student

Functional analysis of potential parasitism genes