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  • Welcome! Let us know a little bit about you and your interest in plant sciences.

    Maren Arling updated 3 months, 1 week ago 38 Members · 40 Replies

    August 20, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Hi, I’m Vivek – nice to meet you all! 

    A little about me. I’m a PhD student in bioinformatics at the National Institute of Plant Genome Research, India. My research focuses on building computational tools and resources to identify different types of non-coding RNAs found in plants.

    As someone who works closely with biologists, I understand the need of communication in a clear and comprehensible manner, as well as being updated on new advancements in biology. I see the Plantae community as a valuable resource for plant biologists, and I’m looking forward to be an active part of it.


  • Eric Hobson

    August 20, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Greetings all,

    My name is Eric Hobson, a Doctoral Student in Plant Pathology at Ohio State University,USA. My research centers on bacterial colinization in cereal crops as well as identifying potential antimicrobial compounds. I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of labs across the United States focusing on a broad array of plant science from studying microbiomes, defense gene expression in the SA pathway, to identifying mode of actions of potent antimicrobial defensins.

    During my undergraduate work, I had the honor of interacting with policy makers, scientist, and farmers. I have always believed that it is our duty to take the intricate science we know and communicate that across all level of understanding. I look forward to cultivating similar conversations within in the Plantae community moving forward!

  • Andrea Gomez Felipe

    August 20, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Dear everyone! My name is Andrea Gomez Felipe, I am a very motivated plant scientist who works with hormones, morphodynamics and development in plants. I was born in Mexico, where I studied Plant Biotechnology and got my PhD degree. Currently, I’m a postdoc at University of Montreal. I want to understand the molecular, cellular and tissue level mechanisms underlying organogenesis in plants using cutting-edge approaches. My professional interest lies in combining molecular biology, microscopy and computational tools to elucidate specific mechanisms of plant development. Besides my research, I love swimming, biking, hiking, and reading.

    Looking forward to connecting with plant community and learn from all of you!

  • Okon Unung

    November 2, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    My name is Okon Unung. I’m a Senior Scientific Officer at the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Nigeria but I’m currently a PhD student in Plant Molecular Biology and Virology at Ehime University, Japan. My research is focused on CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genetic engineering of plant immunity-related genes for resistance to virus diseases in plants. It is my pleasure to join the Plantae Fellows Program. I can be reached on twitter: @OUnung

  • prachi pandey

    February 26, 2022 at 8:02 am


    I am Prachi Pandey, a Postdoctoral Researcher working at the National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India. My research focuses on understanding mechanisms of stress tolerance in plants. Currently, I am trying to understand the effect of the combination of biotic and abiotic stresses on chickpeas. Being a molecular biologist by training and persevering to become a plant physiologist, I enjoy discussions on molecular and physiological aspects of plant defense mechanisms. At present, I am involved in research outreach activities. However, I intend to participate in educational outreach more frequently since I find talking to kids about the mysteries of plants intriguing.

    Outside lab, I enjoy spending time with my little kid, reading books, and singing nursery rhymes together.

    Looking forward to connecting with the Plantae community!

    Twitter : @@Prachip24146038

  • Deisiany Ferreira Neres

    February 28, 2022 at 12:33 am

    Dear fellows! My name is Deisiany, and my name is pronounced as “Daisy-Anne”. I am a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg Virginia. My research interests are in using synthetic biology to study plant resistance. I am also interested in bioinformatics and transcriptomics.
    My bachelor’s degree is in Forest Engineering, and since my second semester as an undergraduate student I found myself interested in plant genetics. I have worked with genetics population in Annona crassiflora trees, African Mahogany improvement, and intern for 9 months in a biotech company that works in finding resistance to eucalyptus.
    As a first-generation student I am super excited about making science interesting to the generations to come, as well as building new connections through public relations.
    A fun fact about me is that I can walk on my hands and do some “risky” yoga poses without never being a practitioner. I am super excited about being part of this team and I hope to learn and contribute a lot to the ASPB community.

  • Heather Roney

    March 22, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Hello! My name is Heather Roney, I’m a Technician in the PRL at Michigan State University right now, but come summer I’ll be starting my PhD in Crop and Soil Sciences in University of Illinois. My main interests are changes in crop function due to climate change, meeting global food demands in a rapidly changing world, and understanding bioenergy crops. I have one paper published on maintaining food security as climate change worsens, and I hope to publish more along the way!

    I want to focus outreach efforts on young women hesitant to get into STEM, and encourage them to be the scientist of their dreams.

    Fun fact, I played on MSU’s Underwater Hockey team for 2 years!

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by  Heather Roney.
  • Maren Arling

    March 22, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Hello all! I am Maren Arling, a Senior Research Associate at Corteva Agriscience. I have worked on developing plant transformation and gene editing systems for ten years. I currently work hybrid wheat reproductive biology tech dev. In the past I have worked on using developmental transcription factors to increase transformation, non-integrating cas9 editing, site specific integration and selectable marker-free transformation. I am excited to use social media to increase the public’s interest in plant science.

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