Graduate Students

Fan Huang

Starting Year: 2022

Program Specialization:

Integrated Plant Biology
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Jensina Davis

Starting Year: 2022

Program Specialization:

Integrated Plant Biology
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Michael Richter

Starting Year: 2019

Program Specialization:

Integrated Plant Biology
Michael Richter

2019 Ph.D. in Complex Biosystems (Plant-Integrative Biology) at UNL

2015-2019 Undergraduate Degree in Biotechnology at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany

 

Hometown: Lodersleben, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Fun fact: I love ducks and love eating bread.

Michael Tross

Starting Year: 2019

Program Specialization:

Integrated Plant Biology
Michael Tross

Laboratory Association(s):

Dr. James Schnable

Research Description:

Employing computational tools, algorithms and deep learning methods for high throughput plant phenotyping.
Utilize statistical algorithms to perform quantitative genetics tasks on maize and sorghum populations.

He hails from the small town of Sandy Point, located on the small island of St.Kitts within the Caribbean region.

Sarah Johnson

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Starting Year:

Program Specialization:

Integrated Plant Biology
Sarah Johnson

Research Description:

My current focus is a project initiated by Dr. David Hyten and Dr. Tom Clemente of UNL investigating the processes controlling meiotic crossover (CO). Increasing the sheer number of meiotic crossovers or altering meitotic crossover "hotspots" could unlock genetic diversity which will have many breeding applications. Genes have been identified in Arabidopsis mutants to alter CO. Orthologs of these genes have been chosen in soybean to be a target for RNA interference using transgenic technology via agrobacterium. Another, yet related, project of mine is to explore alternative high-throughput sequencing techniques to decrease labor and increase cost efficiency.

Background

Hongyu Jin

Starting Year: 2019

Program Specialization:

Integrated Plant Biology
Hongyu Jin

Laboratory Association(s):

Dr. James Schnable

Research Description:

I am interested in utilizing and optimizing high throughput phenotyping and genomics tools to reveal biology questions of crops.

 

Katherine LaTourrette

Starting Year: 2018

Program Specialization:

Integrated Plant Biology
Katherine LaTourrette

Laboratory Association(s):

Dr. Hernan Garcia-Ruiz

Research Description:

I study the evolution and genetic variation of plant viruses using a combination of computational and laboratory approaches. We hope to better understand how host and vector selection pressures affect the co-evolution of viruses. This research will inform resistance breeding and the creation of viral diagnostic tests.
Katherine graduated from Oberlin College in 2018 with a BA in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies.  At Oberlin, she worked in a C. elegan laboratory studying myosin mutations and was involved in several tutoring programs. She became interested in the field of plant pathology during a summer undergraduate research experience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with her future PhD advisor, Dr. Garcia-Ruiz. During the summer, Katherine participated in a project using CRISPR to try and knock out a series of linked genes thought to be important for plant immunity.