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Interview with Martin Jonikas, PhD

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Dr. Jonikas is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. His lab studies the carbon concentration mechanism in the unicellular model alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Recently, his lab showed that pyrenoid bodies in unicellular algae are phase-separated compartments…

Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Next-Gen Careers

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Guest Post by Rob Last, Michigan State University, ASPB President. Co-authored by Laura Grapes, Bayer Crop Sciences, and Andrew Hanson, University of Florida. We continue the experiment of expanding participation in ASPB started with the last President’s Letter (http://bit.ly/SecuringFuturePl...).…

Informational Interview with Dr. Margaret Woodhouse: Computational biologist and sequence curator at MaizeGDB

Informational Interview by Samantha Snodgrass, ASPB Conviron Scholar 2020 Margaret Woodhouse is a computational biologist and sequence curator at the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database, MaizeGDB, which is a part of the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA. We talked about her journey to…

Informational interview with Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Global Coordinator of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)

Informational Interview by Godwin James, ASPB Conviron Scholar I had a great opportunity to interview Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan and listen to her passion for science communication. Dr. Maha Arujanan  is the global coordinator of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications…

Informational Interview with Dr. LaKisha Odom, Scientific Program Director at the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Informational Interview by Marlo Hall, ASPB Conviron Scholar Please Introduce yourself and give us a sense of your career path. I’m LaKisha Odom, scientific program director for the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). We are a nonprofit organization, created in 2014, and our…

Informational Interview with Wannes Voorend (R & D Coordinator at Colruyt Group)

Informational Interview by Presca Meyer, ASPB Conviron Scholar Wannes Voorend works as a R & D Coordinator in Energy, Environment and Biotech at Colruyt Group. Colruyt Group was founded 1928 by Franz Colruyt and lists more than 30,000 employees by today. The company is managing supermarket…

Informational Interview with Dr. A Peyton Smith, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University

Informational Interview by Aya Bridgeland, ASPB Conviron Scholar Dr. A. Peyton Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University.  Dr. Smith studies soil organic matter and microbiome characterization and how they interact with soil physical…

Informational Interview: Plant Diagnostic Clinic Director at Colorado State University, Ana Cristina Fulladolsa, PhD

Informational Interview by Jennifer Rushton, ASPB Conviron Scholar How did you get involved in a career in plant science? Background “I always knew I liked plants, but I was never a plant lover. I grew up in the city but got the chance to visit my grandmother is a rural area and always thought…

Insights into a multifaceted career in plant genomics: Informational interview with Prof. Michele Morgante

Informational Interview by Conviron Scholar Sessen Daniel. Michele Morgante is a plant geneticist, currently full professor of genetics at the University of Udine, Scientific Director of the Institute of Applied Genomics (IGA) and former president of the Italian Society of Plant Genetics (SIGA).…