Students

Graduate students in the PB Program represent a diverse range of interests, linked by their passion for plants. The graduate students form a tight knit group that are part of a broader community of approximately 150 graduate students training in three other interdepartmental graduate programs at the University: Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB); Neuroscience and Behavior (NSB); and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB). PB graduate students also interact with the 19 postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists that are associated with PB faculty labs.

Name Advisor Research Interest(s)
Elisha Allan–Perkins

PhD candidate

Geunhwa Jung

Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Phytopathology, nematology, microbiology, ecosystem studies and extension

Kelly Allen

MS graduate student

Rob Wick

Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Molecular plant-pathogen interactions

CJ Bascom

PhD graduate student

Magdalena Bezanilla

Professor, Biology

Ionic regulation of tip growth in P. patens

Rachael Bernstein

PhD graduate student

Geunhwa Jung

Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Physiological and genetic responses of grasses to abiotic stresses

David Chan Rodriguez

PhD graduate student

Elsbeth Walker

Gilgut Professor, Biology (sabbatical 2015-16)

Molecular and cellular mechanism for iron uptake in grasses

Mingqin Chang

PhD Graduate Student

Magdalena Bezanilla

Professor, Biology

Actin regulators involved in moss tip growth

Josh Coomey

PhD graduate student

Sam Hazen

Associate Professor, Biology (sabbatical, Spr 16)

Transcriptional regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis in grasses

Greg DeIulio

PhD graduate student

Li–Jun Ma

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Genomic basis for fungal host specificity and pathogenicity.

Julie Stultz Fine

MS graduate student

Masoud Hashemi

Extension Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Cover crops and sustainable soil management

Ian Gillis

PhD graduate student

Ana Caicedo

Associate Professor, Biology

Peter van Gisbergen

PhD graduate student

Magdalena Bezanilla

Professor, Biology

The involvement of the cytoskeleton in polarized cell growth

Samantha Glaze–Corcoran

PhD graduate student

Masoud Hashemi

Extension Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture, Cover Crops, Soil and Nutrient Management, Crop Production

Huiyuan Guo

PhD graduate student

Baoshan Xing

Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Environmental fate and toxicity of metal nanoparticles

Zhongyun Huang

PhD graduate student

Ana Caicedo

Associate Professor, Biology

Parallel evolution and population structure of weedy rice

Harry Klein

PhD graduate student

Madelaine Bartlett

Assistant Professor, Biology

Molecular Floral Evolution and Development in Zea mays 

Rakesh Kumar

PhD graduate student

Elsbeth Walker

Gilgut Professor, Biology (sabbatical 2015-16)

Molecular basis of long distance iron signalling in A. thaliana

Scott Lee

PhD graduate student

Sam Hazen

Associate Professor, Biology (sabbatical, Spr 16)

Jarrett Man

PhD graduate student

Elizabeth Vierling

Distinguished Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Molecular evolution of domesticated plants

 

Sandra Romero Gamboa

PhD graduate student

Sam Hazen

Associate Professor, Biology (sabbatical, Spr 16)

Transcriptional regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis in Brachypodium distachyon.
 

Ryan Shepard

PhD graduate student

Om Parkash

Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Christina Stonoha

PhD graduate student

Dong Wang

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Muvari Tjiurutue

PhD graduate student

Lynn Adler

Professor, Biology

Chemically-mediated interactions between parasitic plants, their hosts and insect herbivores.

Kathryn Vescio

PhD graduate student

Li–Jun Ma

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Plant interactions with pathogenic and non-pathogenic fungi.

Caroline Wise

MS graduate student

Masoud Hashemi

Extension Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Management practices for the cultivation of local malting barley

Altynay Zhanayeva

Fulbright MS graduate student

Ana Caicedo

Associate Professor, Biology

Molecular evolution of genes involved in carotenoid pathway in wild tomatoes (Solanum spp.)