2017 Intern Projects


Jess Adams
University of Connecticut

Dr. Todd Mockler Lab

Project: Sizing, Sequencing, and Assembling the Genome of African Fonio (Digitaria exilis

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Mayla Ayers
Harris Stowe State University

Dr. Meter Nusinow Lab

Project: Investigating PCH1’s Role in Regulating Thermoresponsive Growth in Arabidopsis thaliana

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Preston Bruce
Claflin University

Dr. Ivan Baxter Lab

Project: Analysis of environmental factors of that effect the elemental composition of maize kernels using a dataset spanning dozens of environments

James Eckhardt
Gustavus Adolphus College

Dr. Ru Zhang Lab

Project: Heat Stress Response of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii under Disparate Light and Carbon Conditions
Seth Edwards
Saint Louis University

Dr. Sam Wang Lab

Project: Investigation of the non-specific phospholipase C6 (NPC6) biological mechanism on seed oil accumulation
Rachel Foister
Lindenwood University

Dr. Toby Kellogg Lab

Project: Abscission Zone Development in Brachypodium distachyon
Julie Gauthier
University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Toni Kutchan Lab

Project: Gene clusters and their effect on terpene synthesis in Sorghum bicolor
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Brett Hale
Arkansas State University

Dr. Chris Topp Lab

Project: Agravitropic Mapping via Bulked Segregant RNA-Sequencing in Maize
Krystina Hird
Miami University

Dr. Toni Kutchan Lab

Project: Improving Camelina as an Economically Viable Crop
Eric Hobson
Jackson State University

Dr. Dilip Shah Lab

Project: Investigation of the Antibacterial Activity and Mode of Action of a Novel Dimeric Defensin MtDef5
Lauren Jenkins
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Dr. Doug Allen Lab

Project: Absolute quantification of acyl-ACPs by mass spectrometry
Johnny Johns
Colorado State University

Dr. Sona Pandey Lab

Project: Molecular Mechanisms of G-Protein Deactivation
Allie Kemph
Saint Louis University

Dr. Jim Umen Lab

Project: Investigation of Post-translational Modification of Histones throughout the Chlamydomonas Cell Cycle and in Retinoblastoma Pathway Mutants
Miranda McLaughlin
Brigham Young University

Dr. Malia Gehan Lab

Project: 3D Phenotyping Fungal Infections Isolated from Rumex crispus on Chenopodium quinoa
Kaley Nieters
Rockhurst University

Dr. Becky Bart Lab

Project: Investigation of a Xanthomonad and Pseudomonad Disease Complex in Gossypium hirsutum
Kaleb Patania
Truman State University

Dr. Brad Evans Lab

Project: Method development for identification and quantification of inositol phosphate isomers in C. reinhardtii
Jesus Preciado
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Dr. Andrea Eveland Lab

Project: Genetic and developmental characterization of the barrel mutants in Setaria viridis
Jenny Probst
Missouri State University

Dr. Blake Meyers Lab

Project: Syn-tasiRNAs: One More Step Forward to Unraveling the Biogenesis of 22nt tasiRNAs
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Kelsey Reed
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Project: Developing Targeted Allele Swapping Technology in Plants

Kelley Renninger
Purdue University

Dr. Jim Carrington Lab

Project: Developing a Potyvirus-Sensitive Dark-to-Bright GFP Reporter