Department of Genetics
C424 Life Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602
- Ph.D. student, University of Georiga, 2012-Present
- BA in Biological Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, 2008-2012
Research and Teaching Positions:
- Graduate Research Assistant, Laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey L. Bennetzen, University of Georgia, Department of Genetics. March 2013 - present.
- Graduate student, Rotation, Laboratory of Dr. Jonathon Arnold, University of Georgia, January 2013 - February 2013.
- Graduate student, Rotation, Laboratory of Dr. Michael McEachern, University of Georgia, August 2012 - December 2012.
My main research project is studying unequal recombination in the Pc locus, a disease susceptibility locus in sorghum. Unequal recombination occurs between two disease resistance paralogs in this locus at a relatively high frequency. Interestingly, the majority of recombination events occur within the more diverged 3’ end of the gene. This region is responsible for pathogen recognition and changes here can lead to evolution of new disease resistance specificities. My project is to identify which developmental, genetic, and environmental factors my focus recombination to this region and on a broader level, to determine how these factors affect unequal recombination rates and distribution in plants.
- I also have a few side projects studying the parasitic plant Striga hermonthica. One of these projects is evaluating the amount of genetic diversity among populations from Sub-Saharan Africa and another is helping finish assembling plastome sequence.