Alumni

Recent Alumni by Year of Graduation

2016

Kelly Balmant, PhD

Kelly graduated in Summer 2016 and worked with redox proteomics of plant innate immunity in stomatal guard cells under Dr. Sixue Chen's supervision. Kelly currently holds a post-doctorate research position with the UF Forest Genomics Laboratory whose PI is Dr. Matias Kirst.

Annette Fahrenkrog, PhD

Annette received her Ph.D. in Summer 2016 while working with Dr. Matias Kirst. Annette investigated the genetic diversity and the genetic regulation of bioenergy traits and its adaptation to climate in Populus deltoides. Annette is back in Chile where she is currently working as a consultant.

Sisi Geng, PhD

Sisi received her Ph.D. in summer 2016 while working in Dr. Sixue Chen's lab. Sisi was partially funded by the China Scholarship Council and evaluated the guard cell metabolism under elevated and low CO2 using metabolomics and proteomics. Sisis is currently a pos-doctoral researcher with Dr. Chen's laboratory.

Junya Zhang, PhD

Junya received his Ph.D. in spring 2016 and worked in Dr. Mark Settles's lab with maize defective kernel 5 (dek5). Junya was partially funded by the China Scholarship Council and at the moment is a post-doc with Dr. Settles's research lab.

2015

Elton C. Gonçalves, PhD

Elton graduated in Summer 2015 while working with Dr. Rathinasabapathi on understanding how nitrogen starvation induces lipid production in algae. Elton is currently employed as an associate research scientist at the Algal Research Consortium, New Mexico State University and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Jiani Yang, PhD

Jiani received her Ph.D. in summer 2015 and worked with embryo lethal plastid translation mutants and their genetic suppressors in maize in Dr. Don McCarty' lab. Jiani just accepted a position as a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Andrea Eveland's (another PMCB alumna) research group, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

Saul Sotomayor, MS

Saul graduated in fall 2015 with a Master's of Science degree. Saul received a Fulbright fellowship from Bolivia and worked with Dr. Rathinasabapathi on elucidanting the roles of the fern Glutaredoxin, Pvgrx5 and its iInvolvement in oxidative stress tolerance.

Eric Schultz, PhD

Eric graduated in fall 2015 while working with Dr. Rob Ferl and Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul from the UF Space Plants Lab. Eric worked on way plants respond to environmental cues for root orientation and development – both in microgravity and here on Earth. He is currently a post-doctoral associate in the UF Space Plants Lab.

2014

Ken Ellens, PhD

Ken is from Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada and received his Ph.D. in spring 2014. Ken worked in Dr. Andrew Hanson’s lab. Ken is currently a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Carole Linster’s lab at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine which is an institute associated with the University of Luxembourg.

Cintia Ribeiro, PhD

Cíntia is from Lençóis Paulista, Brazil and received her Ph.D. in summer 2014 while working with Dr. Matias Kirst's lab. Cintia has accepted a renown Emerging Learders in Science position at Monsanto.

Amanda Pendleton, PhD

Amanda is from Ormond Beach, Florida and graduated in summer 2014 while working with Dr. John Davis. Amanda is a post-doctoral researcher with Dr. Jeff Kidd’s lab in the Human Genetics Department, University Michigan Medical School.

Christy Gault, PhD

Christy is from Chicago, Illinois, and received her Ph.D. while working with Dr. Mark Settles and Dr. Brad Barbazuk. Christy graduated in summer 2014 and accepted a post-doctoral researcher position with Dr. Ed Buckler's lab at Cornell University.

Jared Westbrook, PhD

Jared received his Ph.D. while working in Dr. John Davis' lab. Jared is currently a quantitative geneticist at The American Chesnut Foundation in Ashesville, NC.

Jiyoung Park, PhD

Jiyoung is from Daejeon, South Korea, and received her Ph.D. degree while working in Dr. Byung-Ho Kang’s lab. She is now a post doctoral researcher in the Biochemistry Department at

2013

Haiyan Jia, PhD

Haiyan received her Ph.D. degree in summer 2013 under Dr. Don McCarty's supervision. Haiyan is from Baotou City, Inner Mongolia, China. She is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in Dr. McCarty's lab.

Cintia Ribeiro, PhD

Cíntia is from Lençóis Paulista, Brazil and received her Ph.D. in summer 2014 while working with Dr. Matias Kirst's lab. Cintia has accepted a renown Emerging Learders in Science position at Monsanto.

Leandro Neves, PhD

Leandro received his Ph.D. degree in summer 2013 while working in Dr. Matias Kirst's lab. Leandro is from Viçosa, Brazil. Leandro is the co-founder and Senior Vice President of Science Operations of RAPiD Genomics.

Michael Schwieterman, PhD

Mike received his Ph.D. degree in summer 2013 while working in Dr. David Clark's lab. Mike is from St. Sebastian, Ohio. Mike is currently a post-doctoral researcher with Drs. Clark and Colquhoun's labs.

Yihai Wang, PhD

Yihai received his Ph.D. while working in Dr. Kevin Folta’s lab in summer 2013. He is from Hebei, China. Yihai currently holds a post-doctoral researcher position with North Carolina State.

Jennifer Parker, PhD

Jennifer is from Gastonia, North Carolina and received her Ph.D. in Fall 2013 while working in Dr. Sixue Chen's lab. Jennifer is currently a post doctoral researcher at North Carolina State.

2012

Katherine Smith, MS

Kathy graduated in summer 2012 with a M.Sc. degree and worked with Dr. John Davis. She currently works with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Institute for Forest Genetics.

Sharon Tan, MS

Sharon earned her B.S. from Linfield College, Oregon. She graduated in summer 2012 with a Masters degree, under the supervision of Dr. Wilfred Vermerris.

Federico Martin, PhD

Federico graduated summer 2012 with a Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Dr. Mark Settles. He is currently a post-doctoral research associate at Colorado State University in ASN Reddy’s lab.

Patricio Munoz, PhD

Patricio received his Ph.D. in Fall 2012, while working with Dr. Gary Peter. He is currently an assistant professor in Forage Breeding and Genetics in the Agronomy Department, IFAS, at the University of Florida.

2011

Melissa Hamner Mageroy, PhD

Melissa received her Ph.D. degree in Fall 2011 while working in Dr. Harry Klee's lab. Melissa has been a post-doctoral research associate in the University of Bristish Columbia, Canada. In April 2016, she will start working at the Norwegian Institute of Bio-Economy, after receiving a Young Researcher Talent grant.

Brent O'Brien, PhD

Brent graduated in Fall 2011 with a Ph.D. degree while working with Dr. Koch. Cuurently he is a Research Scientist with GrassRoots Biotechnology Inc., Durham, NC.

2010

Tariq Akhtar, PhD

Tariq received his Ph.D. degree in Spring 2010 while working in Dr. Andrew Hanson's lab. Currently, he is a post-doctoral research associate in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department at University of Michigan.

Tufan Gokirmak, PhD

Tufan graduated in Fall 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Rob Ferl. He is currently a post-doctoral research associate in Dr. Amro Hamdun's lab, Marine Biology Department, Scripps Institute for Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

Yan He, PhD

Yan graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Spring 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Sixue Chen. Yan has recently accepted a faculty position at China Agricultural University.

Michael Schwieterman, PhD

Mike received his Ph.D. degree in summer 2013 while working in Dr. David Clark's lab. Mike is from St. Sebastian, Ohio. Mike is currently a post-doctoral researcher with Drs. Clark and Colquhoun's labs.

Chip Hunter, PhD

Charles (Chip) worked in Dr. Karen Koch's lab and received his Ph.D. degree in Fall 2010. He is currently a post-doctoral research associate in Dr. Karen Koch's lab.

Gregory Maloney, PhD

Greg received his Ph.D. degree in Spring 2010 while working in Dr. Harry Klee's lab. Currently, he is a post-doctoral research associate in Gloria Muday's lab, Department of Biology at Wake Forest University.

Jonathan Martin, PhD

Jonathan worked in Dr. Ken Cline’s lab and received his Ph.D. degree in Spring 2010. Jonathan is currently a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at University of Colorado.

Tania Quesada, PhD

Tania graduated in Summer 2010 with a Ph.D. degreeand under Dr. John Davis' supervision. She is currently the program coordinator for the Forest Biology Research Cooperative, School of Forest Resources, University of Florida.

2009

Thomas Colquhoun, PhD

Thomas worked in Dr. David Clark's lab and received his Ph.D. in Fall 2009. Currently, Thomas is an Assistant professor with the Environmental Horticulture Department at University of Florida. Check his current research at UF here.

Derek Drost, PhD

Derek received his Ph.D. degree in Fall 2009 while working in Dr. Matias Kirst's lab. Currently, Derek works in the Discovery Corn Breeder with Monsanto’s Pathology Division, in Galena, Maryland.