Peptide Hormones in Plant Biology, by Sonali Roy, Peter Lundquist, Michael Udvardi and Wolf Scheible
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Christina Chiu - Clemson UniversityDuring the months of June and July, we hosted a Noble summer scholar Christina Chiu, an undergraduate student at Clemson University, South Carolina. Christina had a strong interest in studying mutualistic interactions and previous lab experience in the plant-microbe interaction field. Her 10 week project aimed to investigate in depth M. truncatula peptides with roles in improvement of agronomically important traits such as root growth and responses to environmental stresses.
Delaney Welch - Southern Oklahoma Technology CentreAs part of the outreach activities of the NSF Peptide Project at the Noble Foundation, we hosted a high school senior student Delaney Welch for seven weeks in conjunction with the Southern Oklahoma Technology Centre. Delaney went to the Lone Grove High school in Ardmore, OK where she had biotechnology as an elective for her final year course work. During her stay Delaney received theoretical as well as practical training about root nodule symbiosis.
Darian Gonzalez - Healdton High SchoolIn April 2017, Darian Gonzalez a final year student of The Healdton High School joined us in the Udvardi lab to screen for the effect of peptides on rhizobial growth. She screened 78 peptides on the growth of Sm2011 over a 10 week period. She learnt basic laboratory skills and sterile techniques in addition to theoretical understandings about the importance of nitrogen to agriculture.
Sierra Long - Southern Oklahoma Technology CenterA final year high school student at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center was supervised by Peter Lundquist for 10 weeks in the lab of Dr. Wolf Scheible. Sierra assisted with gene cloning for the development of A. thaliana overexpression lines including PCR amplification and E. coli transformation. In this way, she gained valuable lab skills in molecular biology. Moreover, her internship has led her into a summer position in the lab as a research technician. In the fall, Sierra will begin her undergraduate studies at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Sarah Dysinger - University of New MexicoSarah Dysinger, a sophomore at the University of New Mexico with a major in Genetics joined us for the summer as an NSF REU student. She is learning about plant peptides and their role in nodulation and root architecture in addition to molecular biological techniques such as PCR, cloning, CRISPR-Cas9 gene targeting, plant genetics and biochemistry.