My research focuses on septins, or cytoskeletal proteins which have been implicated in a number of cellular processes, from protein-recruitment to cell-cycle regulation. I have two major thesis projects: The first involves extracting and purifying septin proteins, in order to conduct in-vitro assays and elucidate their structures. The second project is utilizing forward genetics techniques, in the model organism Aspergillus nidulans, to identify suppressor mutations in septin deletion strains. The goal of my research is to expand upon the basic understanding and significance of these proteins in the field of cellular & molecular biology.
Alumnus - Steve Franks
Alumnus Steve Franks is a professor at Fordham University in NY.
Research - Sweet Potato
Plants used in a study aimed at reconstructing evolutionary relationships in the sweet potato species complex.
Research - Helianthus Seedlings
Helianthus annuus seedlings
Alumnus - Jenny Cruse-Sanders
Alumnus Jenny Cruse-Sanders is the Director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.
Grad Student - Jess Stephens
Graduate student Jess Stephens with her study species in the genus Sarracenia (2016).