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)
Taylor Aguiar

MS Graduate Student

Li–Jun Ma

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

First Year MS Student 

Ahmed Gameel Meselhy Ali

PhD Graduate Student

Om Parkash

Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Kelly Allen

MS Graduate Student

Rob Wick

Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Molecular plant-pathogen interactions

Ahmet Bakirbas

PhD Graduate Student

1st Year Lab Rotation 

CJ Bascom

PhD Graduate Student

Magdalena Bezanilla

Professor, Biology

Ionic regulation of tip growth in P. patens

Rachael Preston Bernstein

PhD Graduate Student

Michelle DaCosta

Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Physiological and molecular responses of perennial grasses to abiotic stresses

Rebecca Brennan

PhD Graduate Student

Peter Jeranyama

Assistant Professor, Cranberry Experiment Station

The study of plant physiology in response to abiotic (heat stress), particularly brought on by climate change.

David Chan Rodriguez

PhD Graduate Student

Elsbeth Walker

Constantine J. Gilgut Professor of Plant Biology, Biology Department

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

Jedaidah Yombwe Chilufya

PhD Graduate Student

Dong Wang

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Molecular interactions between symbiotic legumes and rhizobia bacteria

Josh Coomey

PhD Graduate Student

Sam Hazen

Associate Professor, Biology

Transcriptional regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis in grasses

Greg Deiulio

PhD Graduate Student

Li–Jun Ma

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Genomic basis for fungal host specificity and pathogenicity.

Stavroula Fili

PhD Graduate Student

1st Year Lab Rotation

Julie Stultz Fine

MS Graduate Student

Masoud Hashemi

Extension Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Cover crops and sustainable soil management

Ian Gillis

PhD Graduate Student

Ana Caicedo

Associate Professor, Biology

Samantha Glaze–Corcoran

PhD Graduate Student

Masoud Hashemi

Extension 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

Miriam Hernandez Romero

PhD Graduate Student

Dong Wang

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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

Constantine J. Gilgut Professor of Plant Biology, Biology Department

Molecular basis of long distance iron signalling in A. thaliana

Xiang Li

PhD Graduate Student

1st Year Lab Rotation

Levi Lilly

MS Graduate Student

Geunhwa Jung

Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

First Year MS Student 

Jefferson Lu

PhD Graduate Student

Michelle DaCosta

Associate Professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Jarrett Man

PhD Graduate Student

Madelaine Bartlett

Assistant Professor, Biology

Evolution of grass inflorescence architecture development genes during domestication

Ian McCahill

PhD Graduate Student

Sam Hazen

Associate Professor, Biology

Transcriptional regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis in grasses

Erin Patterson

PhD Graduate Student

1st Year Lab Rotation

Sandra Romero Gamboa

PhD Graduate Student

Sam Hazen

Associate Professor, Biology

Transcriptional regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis in Brachypodium distachyon.
 

Ashley Smith

PhD Graduate Student

1st Year Lab Rotation

Christina Stonoha

PhD Graduate Student

Dong Wang

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Adam Trautwig

PhD Graduate Student

Kristina Stinson

Assistant Professor, Environmental Conservation

Kathryn Vescio

PhD Graduate Student

Li–Jun Ma

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Plant interactions with pathogenic and non-pathogenic fungi.

Maura Zimmermann

PhD Graduate Student

Tobias Baskin

Professor, Biology