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Graduate Students

New 2019 Graduate students L to R: Brandon Williams, Shuyao Kong, Tanner Robison
New 2019 graduate students, left to right: Brandon Williams, Shuyao Kong, Tanner Robison

Many graduate students in the Field of Plant Biology are advised by faculty members whose main affiliation is also with the Department of Plant Biology; they are housed in the Plant Science Building, in Emerson Hall or in Mann Library. Other students choose an advisor whose main affiliation is with a different department, and can therefore be housed in any of the other buildings on campus or as far as laboratories at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).

Current graduate students are listed below, and a list of graduate student alumni is also available.





Kate Harline

Roeder lab
Leveraging synthetic biology, live imaging and computational modeling to understand organ size calibration mechanisms
Shuyao Kong
Understanding the molecular mechanism of Arabidopsis sepal initiation using computational and experimental approaches

Pat Mendoza

Vatamaniuk lab
Understanding copper transport and the related impact to fertility in Brachypodium distachyon as a model for the agricultural relative wheat. Methods used include molecular, computational, x-ray fluorescent microscopy, and hydroponic plant growth conditions. 
Heather Phillips
Macroevolutionary patterns of floral fusion and genetic regulatory networks driving fusion within the Zingiberales.
Jack Satterlee

James Satterlee

Scanlon lab
Understanding the contributions of cell lineage and gene expression to maize plant architecture and development using single-cell genomics
Brandon Williams
Better understanding the use of synthetic biology in the context of long distance signaling and employing a 3-step hijack technique to generate nitrogen and phosphorus biotic sensor plants.