The Molecular Basis of Floral Patterns
My research project involves looking at what genes lead to certain petal spot patterns in the common monkeyflower. I also look at how these spots may give a plant an advantage when it comes to getting pollinated and passing on their genes. My time is largely divided between molecular work in the lab and more hands-on work in the greenhouse, where I cross plants, collect seeds, and track plant growth and germination.
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- Major: Molecular & Cell Biology
- Mentor: Benjamin Blackman, Plant & Microbial Biology