Gene regulatory network control of suberin deposition as an abiotic stress resilience mechanism in rice roots
Analyzing data from the Plasticity Project, I am working to understand how suberized barriers form and provide resilience to rice plants in response to multiple stresses.
Evolution of Asexual Development in Pezizomycotina (Summer 2017 - Summer 2018)
I connected the evolutionary history of developmental regulatory transcription factors to asexual sporulating structure morphology in Pezizomycotina fungi. In collaboration with Anita Sil's Lab at UCSF.
Mentor: Dr. Matt Mead
Horizontal Gene Transfer in Early-Diverging Plant Lineages (Summer - Fall 2016)
Specialized Metabolic Gene Clusters in Plant Genomes (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
I used the bioinformatics program antiSMASH to predict putative specialized biosynthetic gene clusters in a range of plant genomes. Next, I used the co-expression database ATTED-II to assess the co-expression of these putative clusters and the co-expression of known clusters. I found that very few of the predicted clusters showed patterns of co-expression while co-expression validated known clusters. In conclusion, I found that while genomic clustering exists, is not as powerful as co-expression in identifying novel plant metabolic pathways. This work is part of the publication, A Global Coexpression Network Approach for Connecting Genes to Specialized Metabolic Pathways in Plants.
Mentor: Dr. Jen Wisecaver