Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Kerri Hunter

Kerri Hunter, first author of CRK2 enhances salt tolerance by regulating callose deposition in connection with PLDα1

Current Position: Doctoral student, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland

Education: MSc Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki, Finland; BSc (Hons) Genetics, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba, Canada

Non-scientific Interests: music, live concert photography, travelling

Brief bio: I initially came to Finland following the music scene, and soon after decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of Helsinki. I completed my Master’s degree in 2013 and am currently working towards my PhD in the lab of Dr. Michael Wrzaczek. My main research interest is how cells sense and respond to various stimuli on a cellular and biochemical level, and upon starting my doctoral studies I directed this focus towards plants. Our current research explores the significance of the cysteine-rich receptor-like kinase CRK2 during stress responses in Arabidopsis thaliana.