Plant Biology Graduate Group

Twice as Nice: College of Biological Sciences Ph.D. Students Receive U.S. Department of Energy Awards for Computational Biology Research

May 27, 2020
Keith Fraga won a Office of Science Graduate Student Research award, which gives Ph.D. students the opportunity to conduct research at a DOE national laboratory. Mary-Francis LaPorte won the DOE’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, which helps train next-generation leaders in computational science.

Grey Monroe

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Research Interests: Connecting functional genetic diversity with plant traits and the climate components driving their evolution

Grains in the Rain: Study Opens the Door to Flood-Resistant Crops

September 19, 2019
Of the major food crops, only rice is currently able to survive flooding. Thanks to new research, that could soon change -- good news for a world in which rains are increasing in both frequency and intensity.

Li Tian

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Research Interests: Phytonutrient biochemistry and physiology; Biosynthesis, accumulation and function of carotenoids and polyphenols in plants; Targeted improvement of crop phytonutrient composition and content for enhanced nutritional and medicinal values.
Asmundson Hall room 116

Chloroplasts, β-Barrel Proteins and Traversing through Graduate School

September 09, 2019
In a new publication in The Plant Cell — “Chloroplast Outer Membrane β-Barrel Proteins Use Components of the General Import Apparatus” — authors Philip Day, Steven Theg, and Kentaro Inoue, all at University of California, Davis, determined how β-barrel proteins are sorted to the correct location in plant chloroplast envelopes, which have two membranes.

Changing the Culture around Mental Health for Ph.D. Students

August 14, 2019
Plant Biology Graduate Group student Leonardo Jo thought his anxiety was normal, an expected part of the graduate school experience. His peers grappled with similar issues: imposter syndrome, researcher pressures and financial insecurity, to name a few. And they all seemed to suffer in silence at the cost of their own mental health.