2020 High School Research Hosts
Dr. Chi Zhang, School of Biological Sciences
Project Title: Development of predictive model to predict phenotyping results from genomic markers
Project Description: We will develop new mathematical models to link the genomic marks to the phenotyping data, and develop an online web server based on the mathematical models.
Dr. Rajib Saha, Chemical & Bimolecular Engineering
The student will work to quantitatively design genetic circuits for the design
of Zea mays (known as corn or maize) plants with novel root traits for the
refinement of systems-level understanding of the root-rhizobiome system,
improvement of plant performance, and the testing of other hypotheses which may
Dr. Jinliang Yang, Agronomy and Horticulture
Dr. Tessa Durham Brooks, Doane University Biology Department
Project Title: CSI Root: Collecting 'fingerprints' of chemical exudates of roots to improve plant health
Project Description: Roots secrete (exude) nutrients and other chemicals that can provide important clues regarding their health, much like a urine or blood sample can be used in medicine. In this project, students will join a team of chemists and biologists to develop and use an innovative method for capturing a snapshot of the root exudate 'fingerprint'. The method will be used to better understand how these chemicals help the root attract beneficial microbes (probiotics) that can promote plant health.