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Plants and Queerness

  Plant life is queer life. Plant life resists classification, redefines sex and reimagines ways of being. Plant life takes root underground, in the darkness, and spreads its limbs towards the light. Plant life is unshakable resilience. Plant life is perpetual growth. Plant life is a gift. Not…

Transitioning in the lab

  I work as a bioinformatics-focussed research assistant in the Osbourn group at the JIC, which is the same lab I did my PhD in. Our lab focusses on plant natural product biosynthesis, and my own research involves leveraging the huge (and ever increasing..!) wealth and diversity of ‘omics data…

It’s not about who you know, but how to find them

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  Growing up as an LGBTQ+ person in the UK, my experience has come down to one thing: surrounding myself with the right people. While it’s no longer illegal, the undercurrent of intolerance towards LGBTQ+ people is still strong. What’s important is surrounding yourself with the right people.…
Headshot of Marschal Bellinger. Marschal is wearing a blue and white gingham flannel shirt.

Marschal Bellinger (he/him)

Marschal Bellinger (he/him) earned his doctorate in Plant Sciences from the University of California, Riverside where his research in was focused on cell shape determination in maize through live-cell imaging of microtubule organization at the cell cortex during mitosis and interphase. He grew up in…
Photo of Jaishree sitting in a field of flowers in Aarhaus, Denmark

Jaishree Subrahmaniam (she/her)

Jaishree is a joint MSCA fellow at the EcoScience, Chemistry and Molecular Biology units at Aarhus University (Denmark). Her PhD at INRAE (France) focused on understanding whether altruism and cooperation, the abilities to help one another, exist in plants. She believes that the biggest benefit that…

From Editor to Teacher: Views from Both Sides of the Scientific System. An Interview with Plant Physiology Monitoring Editor Prof. Ronald Pierik, PhD

By Guada Fernández-Milmanda, PhD, Plant Physiology Assistant Features Editor Professor Ronald Pierik completed his PhD in the lab of Drs. Eric Visser and Hans de Kroon in Radboud University, The Netherlands, researching the role of ethylene in neighbor-induced shade avoidance. After completing his…

June 2022: choosing to be hopeful

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              Living in California and being surrounded by people who celebrate queerness has given me so much hope for the future. I fantasize about a world where young queer kids have queer role models in STEM, and dont have to face discrimination during their formative years. What…

Distance, and living as your authentic self — a journey to the UK

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  Okay, so first I would like to start with the usual disclaimer that this is a blog post about my experiences. Everyone’s experiences may vary greatly even if they have a similar background or situation going on, but I can only really talk about my own personal experiences. Therefore, this…

Celebrate Pride 2022 with the LGBTQ+ Plant Scientist Network Blog Series!

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Image by Sarita Muñoz-Gómez (@biosarita1)   I am very excited to introduce the LGBTQ+ Plant Scientist Pride Month Blog series for 2022! All the posts are from members of the plant science community who provide their unique perspectives. The posts ranging from personal memories and growth,…