Plant Biology graduate students have gone on to exciting careers in academia, industry and other professional areas. Listed below are our graduates from the last several years and their current positions, as known.

Robert Augustine

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University in St. Louis, Vierstra Lab
Thesis or dissertation title: The Role of Actin Depolymerizing Factor and its Regulatory Mechanisms in Moss Tip Growth
Degree: PhD, 2011
Advisor: Magdalena Bezanilla
Education: BS in Biochemistry, 2005, SUNY at Binghamton

Graham Burkart

Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Dixit Lab, Washington University in St. Louis
Thesis or dissertation title:  The role of myosin XI and ROP in moss tip growth
Degree: PhD, 2014
Advisor: Magdalena Bezanilla
Education: BS in Botany, 2006, University of Vermont

Jeff Chiecko

Position: Research Scientist II at Bristol-Myers Squibb
Thesis or dissertation title: Investigating the role of YSLs in Oryza sativa and Arabidopsis thaliana through RT-PCR and Yeast Functional Complementation
Degree: MS, 2009
Advisor: Elsbeth Walker
Education: BS in Electrical Engineering, 1999, UMass Amherst

Heng-Hsuan Chu

Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Guerinot Lab, Dartmouth
Thesis or dissertation title: Analyses of Arabidopsis Yellow Stripe-Like (YSL) Family of Metal Transporters
Degree: PhD, 2010
Advisor: Elsbeth Walker
Education: BS in Botany, 2001, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

Dennis DePaolo

Position: Director of Cultivation at Maine Organic Therapy
Thesis or dissertation title: Sequence analysis of maize yellow stripe3 candidate genes
Degree: MS, 2014
Advisor: Sam Hazen
Education: BS in Biology, 2009, SUNY Cortland

Anirudha Dixit

Position:  NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Kennedy Space Center
Thesis or dissertation title: Functional Characterization of Stress Associated Proteins (SAPs) from Arabidopsis
Degree: PhD, 2011
Advisor: Om Parkash
Education: MS in Biotechnology, 2002, SRTM University

Natalie Feliciano

Position: Science Division Safety Officer, Greenfield Community College
Thesis or dissertation title: Self-incompatibility and patterns of S-RNase evolution in African Lycium
Degree: MS, 2008
Advisor: Jill Miller
Education: BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2002, University of Rochester

Peter van Gisbergen

Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Martin Lab, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Thesis or dissertation title: The Role of the Formin Protein Family in Membrane Dynamics
Degree: PhD, 2016
Advisor: Magdalena Bezanilla
Education: MS Plant Cell Biology, 2008, Wageningen Agricultural University

Pubudu Handakumbura

Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)    
Thesis or dissertation title: Understanding the transcriptional regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis in the model grass Brachypodium distachyon
Degree: PhD, 2014
Advisor: Sam Hazen
Education: BS in Plant Biotechnology, 2007, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Kristen Hladun

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Entomology, UC Riverside
Thesis or dissertation title: Effects of perimeter trap crop pollen, herbivory and pollination on reproduction and plant performance in Cucurbita moschata
Degree: MS, 2007
Advisor: Lynn Adler
Education: BA in Biology, 1999, Boston University

Jeonghwa Lee

Thesis or dissertation title: The role of TOC receptor interactions in controlling protein import into chloroplasts
Degree: PhD, 2009
Advisor: Danny Schnell
Education: MS in Biological science, 2002, Seoul National University

Scott Lee

Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Mockler Lab, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO
Thesis or dissertation title: Uncovering the Genetic Basis for Biofuel-related Traits in Brachypodium distachyon
Degree: PhD, 2016
Advisor: Sam Hazen
Education: BS in Biology, 2010, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Erin Mostoller

Position: Lab Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer at Trinity College - Hartford
Thesis or dissertation title: Site Characteristics and Plant Invasion: Light Limitation of Invasive Establishment and Impacts of Elaeagnus umbellata on soil nitrogen availability and co-occuring species
Degree: MS, 2008
Advisor: Dr. Robin Harrington
Education: BS in Environmental and Natural Resources, 2004, Clemson University

N. Ezekiel (Zeke) Nims

Position: Scientist III at RA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Thesis or dissertation title: Transcriptional analysis and metabolic profiling of Taxol-producing Taxus cell cultures
Degree: PhD, 2008
Advisor: Elsbeth Walker
Education: BA in Biology, 2000, Ithaca College

Faith Olszewski (Ndlovu)

Position: Biology Teaching and Research Support Specialist, Lafayette College
Thesis or dissertation title: Evaluation of Spring Frost Damage Control Methods and an Assessment of Cold Hardiness in Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait)
Degree: PhD, 2015
Advisor: Peter Jeranyama
Education: BS in Crop Science, University of Zimbabwe

Sydne Record

Position: Assistant Professor, Computational Ecology at Bryn Mawr College
Thesis or dissertation title: Impacts of invasive species on the demography and persistence of a rare, hemiparasitic plant, Swamp Lousewort (Pedicularis lanceolata)
Degree: PhD, 2010
Advisor: Aaron Ellison
Education: BS in Biology, 2003, University of Puget Sound

Julie Anna Ritchie

Position: Scientist III Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
Thesis or dissertation title: Analysis of Myosin VIII Function in the Moss Physcomitrella patens
Degree: MS, 2009
Advisor: Magdalena Bezanilla
Education: BS in Biology, 2005, SUNY Plattsburgh

Caleb Rounds

Position: Lecturer at University of Massachusetts Amherst
Thesis or dissertation title: Assembly of structurally and functionally distinct protein import translocons in chloroplasts
Degree: PhD, 2007
Advisor: Dr. Danny Schnell
Education: MA in English, 1995, Brown University

Mini Aggarwal Singla

Position: IT Product Specialist, Monsanto Corporation
Thesis or dissertation title: Functional Analysis of Receptor-Like Kinases in Pollen-Pistil Interactions in Arabidopsis thaliana
Degree: MS, 2009
Advisor: Alice Cheung
Education: MS in Botany, Panjab University-Chandigarh, India

Nicole Soper Gorden

Position: Assistant Professor of Biology/Botany, Natural Sciences, Mars Hill University  
Thesis or dissertation title: Interactions between floral mutualists and antagonists, and consequences for plant reproduction
Degree: PhD, 2013
Advisor: Lynn Adler
Education: BA in Biology and English, 2007, Gustavus Adolphus College 

Carrie Thurber

Position: Assistant Professor, School of Science and Mathematics, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Thesis or dissertation title: The Evolutionary Genetics of Seed Shattering and Flowering Time, Two Weed Adaptive Traits in US Weedy Rice
Degree: PhD, 2012
Advisor: Ana Caicedo
Education: MS in Biology, 2007, SUNY Buffalo

Muvari Tjiurutue

Position: Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Namibia
Thesis or dissertation title: Chemically Mediated Interactions between Parasitic Plants, Hosts and Insect Herbivores
Degree: PhD, 2016
Advisor: Lynn Adler
Education: BS in Molecular, Physiological and Environmental Biology, 2006, University of Namibia

Michael Urbanowski

Position: PhD Program in Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
Thesis or dissertation title: Development of a Cytosolic pH Reporter for Tobacco BY2 Cells
Degree: MS, 2012
Advisor: Tobias Baskin
Education: BS in Microbiology/Public Health, 2010, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kenny Vasques

Position: Clinical Trial Coordinator Trainer at inVentiv Health Clinical
Thesis or dissertation title: Investigation of YS1 and Iron Signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana
Degree: MS, 2012
Advisor: Elsbeth Walker
Education: BS in Biology, 2010, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kham Vongpaseuth

Position: Science Fellow, USDA APHIS BRS, Rockville, MD
Thesis or dissertation title: Novel Systems for the Functional Characterization of Genes Related to Paclitaxel Metabolism in Taxus Cell Cultures
Degree: PhD, 2011
Advisor: Dr. Susan Roberts
Education: MS in Botany, 2003, University College Dublin, Ireland

Alenka Lovy Wheeler

Position: Research Assistant Professor & Manager, Tufts/NEMC Imaging Facility
Thesis or dissertation title: Actin organization and activity in lily pollen tube growth: a role for pH
Degree: PhD, 2006
Advisor: Peter Hepler
Education: MS in Plant Physiology, 1999, University of Washington, Pullman

Shu Zon Wu

Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Bezanilla Lab, UMass Amherst
Thesis or dissertation title: Functional Analysis of Moss Class VII Myosin and its role in Plant Cell Division
Degree: PhD, 2014
Advisor: Magdalena Bezanilla
Education: BS in Botany, 2003, National Taiwan University

Shuang Wu

Position: Professor, Horticulture Plant Biology and Metabolomics Center, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China
Thesis or dissertation title: Separase: linking cell division and root morphology in Arabidopsis
Degree: PhD, 2010
Advisor: Tobias Baskin
Education: MS in Biology, 2003, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Burcu Kokturk Yordem

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, USDA-ARS, Cereal Disease Laboratory, University of Minnesota, Kistler Lab
Thesis or dissertation title: Establishing Brachypodium distachyon as a New Model System for Understanding Iron Homeostatis in Grasses
Degree: PhD, 2012
Advisor: Elsbeth Walker
Education: MS in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, 2006, Sabanci University, Turkey