2004 Interns


Pictured above from left to right are: 
Back Row: Robyn Allscheid, Iosif Neitzke, Willy Qu, Anthony Chambers, Kelley Barney, Lauren Pitt, Laura Hanneke, Ariel Simmons 
Front Row: Kiani Arkus, Jeanine Finley, Josh Hilliard, Adriene Lucas, Banika Carter, Amber Smith.

Robyn Allscheid, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
Mentor: Dr. Liming Xiong
Toward the positional cloning of a fry1 suppressor in Arabidopsis

Kiani Arkus, Washington University
Mentor: Dr. Joe Jez
Directed Evolution of a Thermostable Chlorophyllase: Development and Use of a High Throughput Screening System 


Kelley Barney, Xavier University
Mentor: Dr. Oliver Yu
Towards Crystallization of Cytochrome P450 Isoflavone Synthase

BaNika Carter, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Mentor: Dr. Ed Cahoon
Synechocystis PCC 6803 as a Model for the Functional Identification of Plant Genes Associated with Vitamin K1 Synthesis

Anthony Chambers, Notre Dame
Mentor: Dr. Erik Nielsen 
Characterization of RabA family promoter activity in Arabidopsis thaliana via GUS staining assays

Jeanine Finley, Howard University
Mentor: Dr. Karel Schubert 
Purification and Characterization of Antifungal Proteins from Pentaclethra macroloba: Chitinase

Laura Hanneke, Webster University
Mentor: Dr. Erik Nielsen 
Development of a Transient Expression Protocol for Particle Bombardment of Arabidopsis Root Hairs

Josh Hilliard, Rockhurst University
Mentor: Dr. Jan Jaworski
Characterization of acyltransferases in a yeast model

Adriene Lucas, Fort Valley State University
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Schachtman
Xylem Transport of Minerals and Response to Drought in Brown midrib Mutants of Maize

Iosif Neitzke, Truman State University
Mentor: Dr. Brad Barbazuk
MicroRNA Mining In Arabidopsis and Oryza

Lauren Pitt, Brigham Young University
Mentor: Dr. Dilip Shah
MtDef4, a Medicago truncatula defensin: cloning, expression analysis, purification and in vitro antifungal activity

Willy Qu, Texas A&M
Mentor: Dr. Tom Smith
Purification and Analysis of Single Chain Fragmented Variable and Camelized Antibodies

Ariel Simmons, Florissant Valley Community College
Mentor: Dr. Mark Running
Analysis of pluripetala (plp) on Functional Zones of the Shoot Apical Meristem

Amber Smith, Southeast Missouri State College
Mentor: Dr. Chris Taylor
Investigating Agrobacterium rhizogenes Mediated Transformation

Katherine Welch, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mentor: Dr. Mark Running
Prenylated proteins in plant hormone signaling