Entries by Patrick Thomas

URM Plant Scientist Highlights – José Dinenny (he/him)

José Dinneny (he/him) was born in 1978 in Key West, Florida where his parents had taken up an adventurous life of sailing the Caribbean and living on a small sailboat, which had been named “Patches” owing to the many repairs the ship needed. José’s family faced significant hardships when his father was sent to serve […]

URM Plant Scientist Highlights – Taylor Beaulieu (she/her)

Taylor Beaulieu (she/her) is currently a third year graduate student at UC-Riverside (UCR). She received her BS in Plant Biology from UCR and also received a minor in Education. She originally spent her undergraduate education training to become a K-12 science teacher which gave her training experience inside Riverside and Moreno Valley middle school classrooms. […]

URM Plant Scientist Highlights – Dawn Nagel (she/her)

Dawn Nagel (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomics in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside. She has been a faculty member at UCR since 2016. Dawn was born and raised in Guyana as the youngest of three children. As an undergraduate, she studied general biology at the University […]

URM Plant Scientist Highlights – Thelma Madzima (she/her)

Dr. Thelma Madzima (she/her) is one of very few Black faculty in the USA who are plant molecular biologists. Originally from Zimbabwe, Thelma immigrated to the US at the age of 17 to attend college. She received her B.S. in Plant Science and Plant Biotechnology from Fort Valley State University, a historically black university (HBCU), […]

URM Plant Scientist Highlights – Manuel Mora (he/him)

Manuel Mora (he/him) is a doctoral student in the Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Developmental Program (MBIDP)  at UCLA. Born in Santa Ana, CA, Manuel was raised between California and the town of Santiago Tangamandapio in Michoacan, Mexico. Growing up he enjoyed playing soccer, but when living in Mexico he traded soccer for running. Running up the […]

Plant Scientist Highlight: Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock was born on June 16th, 1902 in Hartford, Connecticut, and was raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was one of four children of Sara and Thomas McClintock. She received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Cornell, completing her education in 1927. She defied norms at the time as women were not permitted to […]