People: Students

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

Epigenetic mechanisms of adaptability in turfgrass species Poa annua

Aditi Bhat

Graduate Student

Investigating the molecular mechanisms and mode of rapid growth inhibition in Arabidopsis thaliana roots

Jishnu Bhatt

Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

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

Biology Graduate Student - Lasky Lab

Landscape genetics and local adaptation in tropical dry forest trees

Cody DePew

Plant Biology Graduate Student - Monshausen Lab

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

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

Daniel McClosky

Graduate Student

Plant cell wall dynamics

Francisco Menendez Burns

Graduate Student

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

Kemin Mu

Graduate Student

Molecular mechanisms involved in iron homeostasis

Miranda Niemiec

Graduate Students

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

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

Lihua Wu

Graduate Student

Mechanism of S-RNase-based self-incompatibility

Binning Wu

Graduate Student

Role of maize secondary metabolites in gut health

Jingyi Yu

Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Ellen Zelinsky

Graduate Student

Lab Rotation

Huiting Zhang

Graduate Student

Functional analysis of potential parasitism genes