Recognizing Plant Direct authors: Jessica Wedow

Jessica Wedow, first author of Age-dependent increase in α-tocopherol and phytosterols in maize leaves exposed to elevated ozone pollution

Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Education: Ph.D. in Plant Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; B.S. in Biology, Purdue University

Non-scientific Interests: Dog training, hiking, and travel

Brief Bio: I received my undergraduate degree in 2013 from Purdue University. In 2014 I joined Lisa Ainsworth’s lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My thesis research focused on the metabolomic profiling of C4 grass responses to environmental stress; including elevated ozone, temperature, and carbon dioxide. After completing my Ph.D. in 2020 I joined Ivan Baxter’s lab at the Danforth Center. My current project aims to use elemental profiling as a tool to explore complex genotype by environment interactions in crop species.