Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

2020 Plant Center Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Awardees

Soyeon Choi (Genetics, Devos Lab) – Identifying the effect of a single amino acid substitution in B box domain 1 on the structure and function of the PvHd1 protein in switchgrass.

Lanxi Hu (Plant Pathology, Yang Lab) – Smaller and faster: develop a reversible fluorescent tool for live cell imaging of protein interactions.

Mohammad Inam Jameel (Genetics, Anderson Lab) – What are the relative contributions of genetic variation, within-generation plasticity, and transgenerational plasticity to anti-herbivore defenses in Boechera stricta?

Mia Rochford (Plant Biology, Anderson and Cruse-Sanders Labs) – How does habitat fragmentation influence the potential for natural plant populations to adapt to climate change?

Trevor Tuma (Plant Biology, Tsai Lab) – Understanding the Seasonal Interplay Between Carbohydrate Mobilization, Biomass Production, & Phenology in Woody Perennial Species

Makenzie Whitener (Genetics, Sweigart Lab) – Genome evolution and the genetics of adaptation in the allopolyploid Mimulus sookensis

Honorable Mentions 

Derek Denney (Plant Biology, Anderson Lab) – Evaluating selection induced by climate change on water-use efficiency in Boechera stricta

Richard Field (Genetics, Leebens-Mack Lab) – An exploration of the prevalence and conservation of polycistronic gene expression in four vascular plants with phylogenetically strategic relationships.

Kelly McCrum (Plant Biology, Anderson and Chung Labs) – The effects of spatial mismatch in plant-soil microbe interactions on fitness responses of five plants

Renan Silva e Souza (Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, Li Lab) – Dissecting the Rpp6 resistance alleles for genetic improvement of resistance to soybean rust