Students

Current PMCB Students

Christopher Barbey

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Chris is from Idaho and received a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Boise State University. Before joining us he worked as a plant genetics research scientist with JR Simplot Co. Chris is a fourth-year Ph.D. student with Drs. K. Folta and V. Whitaker.

Nicole Beisel

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Nicole received her B.Sc. degree in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry from Texas State University, San Marcos, TX. Nicole is a second-year Ph.D. student in the UF Space Lab working with Dr. Rob Ferl and Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul.

Ann Bernert

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Ann is from Oregon and received her honors B. Sc. in Bioresource Research from Oregon State. Before joining PMCB, Ann worked as a STEM coordinator for a regional school district. Ann is a third-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Gilles Basset's lab.

Lorenzo Bizzio

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Lorenzo received his B.Sc. degree in Biology with a minor in Biotechnology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Lorenzo is a second-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Patricio Munoz's blueberry lab.

Francesco Cappai

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Francesco is from Italy and received his B.Sc. in Biotechnology from University of Bologna and a M.Sc. in Plant Biotechnology from Wageningen University, Netherlands. He is a third-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Patricio Munoz's lab.

Joseph Collins

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Joe is from Deland, Florida and received his B.Sc. in Biology from University of Florida. Joe is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Sixue Chen and Dr. Bill Gurley.

Nathaniel Ellis

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Nate is from Montana where he received his B. S. in Plant Science and Biotechnology from Montana State University. Nate is a fourth-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Matias Kirst's lab.

Christina Finegan

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Christina received her B.Sc. in Plant Sciences from UF. With an HHMI Undergraduate award she worked on tomato breeding in the Klee lab. Christina is a second-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Marcio Resende's sweet corn lab.

Drake Garner

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Drake is from upstate New York where he received his honors B.Sc. in Biological Science from University at Buffalo, SUNY. Drake is a third-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Thomas Colquhoun's lab.

Juan Gonzalez

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Juan is from South Florida and received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry in 2016 from New College of Florida. Juan is a second-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Marcio Resende's sweet corn lab.

Alejandra Abril Guevara

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Alejandra is from Bogota, Colômbia, where she received her B.S. degree in Biology from Universidad de Los Andes. Alejandra is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Wilfred Vermerris' lab.

Hope Hersh

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Hope received a double major in Biochemistry Molecular Biology and Plant Biology from Michigan State University. Hope is a first-year Ph.D. student rotating in 3 labs before choosing a permanent advisor.

Megan Kelly

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Megan received a Bachelors in Biological Sciences and French from Rutgers, University, New Brunswick, NJ. She is s a first-year Ph.D. student rotating in 3 labs before choosing a permanent advisor.

Timothy Johnson

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Tim received his B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida, where he was a HHMI Undergraduate Research Scholar. Tim is a fifth-year Ph.D. student working with Dr. Thomas Colquhoun.

Scott Latimer

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Scott comes from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. When his advisor, Dr. Gilles Basset, accepted a position at UF, Scott decided to join PMCB. Scott is a fourth-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Gilles's lab.

Hui Liu

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Hui has a Masters in Natural Product Chemistry from Shandong Univ., Jinan and a Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Engineering from Shandong Agricultural Univ., Taian, China. Hui is a first-year Ph.D. student rotating in 3 labs before choosing an advisor.

Peng Liu

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Peng is from China, where he received his Masters in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Shandong Agricultural University in 2012. Peng is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Koch's lab.

Veronica Perez

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Veronica has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Florida. Veronica is a first-year Ph.D. student rotating in 3 labs before choosing a permanent advisor.

Jesus Preciado

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Jesus has a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Jesus is a first-year Ph.D. student rotating in 3 labs before choosing a permanent advisor.

Jerald Noble

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Jerald, aka JD, received his B.S. in Horticultural Sciences from Oregon State University, Corvallis. JD is a fourth-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Brad Barbazuk's and Dr. Matias Kirst's labs.

Michael Riley II

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Michael received his M. Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Central Florida before joining PMCB. He received a prestigious McKnight Doctoral Fellowship and is currently a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Wilfred Vermerris's lab.

Rodrigo Furtado dos Santos

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Rodrigo is from Brazil and received his M.S. in Agronomy from Universidade de Brasilia. Rodrigo received a Science Without Borders Ph.D. scholarship from CAPES/CNPq in Brazil. He is a fifth-year Ph.D. student working with Dr. Matias Kirst.

Shengchen Shan

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Shengchen is from Shandong Province, China and received his Masters degree from China Agricultural University, Department of Plant Nutrition. Shengchen is a fifht-year Ph.D. student in Drs. Pam and Doug Soltis' lab.

Lauren Stutts

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Lauren has a Master of Science in Biology from University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC. Lauren is a fourth-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Wilfred Vermerris's lab.

Yongduo Sun

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Yongduo received his B.Sc. in Plant Protection from Shandong Agricultural University, and his M.Sc. in Genetics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Yongduo is a third-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Svetlana Folimonova's lab.

Jianxin Zhao

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Jianxing received his B.Sc. in Biological Engineering from Nanjing Agricultural University and his M.Sc. in Plant Science from Lanzhou University, China. Jianxing is a third-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Carlos Vallejos' lab.