Office of Undergraduate Research

Molecular Genetic Analysis of Plant Development

My laboratory studies plant development using state-of-art genetic and molecular tools. Soybeans are one of the most profitable economic crops in America. In this project, we are employing Medicago, a close relative of the soybean, to study how genes regulate plant development. We are focusing on 1) creating transgenic plants; 2) screening and analyzing mutants; 3) cloning the mutated genes. The UROP students will work directly with the professor, graduate students, and postdoctorate fellow in the lab.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Depending on the interests, knowledge and skills, the UROP students will be involved in planting Medicago on the plate or in the incubator room, preparing medium and solutions, extracting DNA/RNA, performing PCR, conducting genetic or microscopic analysis etc.