Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Evan McConnell

Evan McConnell, first author of Proteome-wide analysis of cysteine reactivity during the effector-triggered immunity

Current Position: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Education: B.S. in Chemistry (2014), University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

Non-scientific Interests: Being outdoors, cooking, and growing hot peppers.

Brief bio: I grew up in Middle/East Tennessee, with a brief stint in Illinois. While I was an undergraduate at the University of Alabama, my research adviser Dr. Laura Busenlehner introduced me to studying dynamic protein-protein interactions using amide hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry. Motivated by the potential for mass spectrometry to answer complex biological questions, I have continued similar research in the area of proteomics and post-translation modifications as a Ph.D. student in Dr. Leslie Hicks’ group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research project is focused on quantifying the reversible oxidation of protein cysteine thiols under biotic/abiotic stress.