Students

Current PMCB Students

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 fourth-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 third-year Ph.D. student 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 fourth-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Patricio Munoz's lab.

Alec Chin-Quee

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Alec is a first-year student from Florida and received his B.Sc. in Plant Science with honors from the University of Florida. In fall 2019 and spring 2020 he'll be rotating in 3 different PMCB labs and by summer 2020 will select a major advisor.

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 fifth-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. She received an HHMI undergraduate award while working with DR. Harry Klee. Christina is a third-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Marcio Resende's 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 fourth-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Thomas Colquhoun and Dr. Kevin Folta's labs.

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 third-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Marcio Resende's sweet corn 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 currently a second-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Mark Settles' lab.

Megan Kelly

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Megan received a Bachelors in Biological Sciences and French from Rutgers, University, New Brunswick, NJ. Megan is now a second-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Wilfred Vermerris' 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 now a second-year Ph.D. student with Dr. Don McCarty.

Nye Lott

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Nye is a first-year Ph.D. student from Virginia where he received his B.S. in Env. Hort. and B.Sc. in Biology from Virginia Tech. In fall 2019 and spring 2020 he'll be rotating in 3 different PMCB labs and by summer 2020 will select a major advisor.

Gabriela Madrid Caviedes

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Gabriela comes from Ovalle, Chile and received a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Chile. Gabriela is a first-year Ph.D. student rotating in 3 PMCB labs before choosing a permanent advisor by the end of spring 2020.

Veronica Perez

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Veronica has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Florida. Veronica is now a second-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Jeongim Kim's lab.

Jesus Preciado

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Jesus has a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Jesus is now a second-year Ph.D. student working in Dr. Tie Liu's lab.

Jerald Noble

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

Emily Reed

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Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Slippery Rock University. During fall 2019 and spring 2020 Emily will rotate in 3 different PMCB labs and by summer 2020 will select a major advisor.

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 fifth-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 fifth-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 fourth-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Svetlana Folimonova's lab and is about to graduate in fall 2019!

Saddie Vela

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Saddie received her baccalaureate degree in Botany with a Molecular, Cellular, and Genomic focus from Oregon State University. Saddie is a first-year Ph.D. student who will be rotating in 3 PMCB labs before choosing a permanent advisor by the end of spring 2020.

Tianxiao Yang

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Tianxiao received his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou, China. Tianxiao is a first-year Ph.D. student who will be rotating in 3 PMCB labs before choosing a permanent advisor by the end of spring 2020.

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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 fourth-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Carlos Vallejos' lab.