2005 Interns


Pictured above from left to right are: 
Back Row: Kyle Taylor, Andrew Mutka, Larry Page, Dan Normansell, Elise Peterson, Janey Symington, Char Marshall Karen Laubengayer 
Front Row: Liz Gutierrez, Amelia Randich, Ellie Walsh, Kristin Pederson, Kathy Herrera, Joan Soon, Hilary Vasel, Mickila Harris, Shakeilla Howell, BaNika Carter 
Not Pictured: Johnie Jones, Peter Murphy

BaNika Carter, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Mentor: Ed Cahoon
Using Activation Tagging to Identify Suppression of a Lethal Sphingolipid Mutation in Arabidopsis Thaliana

Liz Gutierrez, Webster University
Mentor: Maria Soto-Aguilar
The Production of Tobacco Mosaic Virus Movement Protein in Arabidopsis thaliana using a Gene Switch System

Mickila Harris, Fort Valley State University
Mentor: Daniel Schachtman
Root Responses Due to Potassium and Nitrogen Deficiency

Kathy Herrera, Adelphi University
Mentor: Joe Jez
Structure/Function Studies of Homo-Glutathione and Glutathione Synthetases

Shakeilla Howell, Xavier University of Louisiana
Mentor: Vanitha Ramachandran
Evaluation of RdRP on geminivirus infection and sub-cellular localization of cassava geminivirus-encoded AC2 and AC4 proteins in plants

Johnie Jones, Harris Stowe State University
Mentor: Ed Cahoon
Analyzing Soybeans Engineered to Produce Epoxy Fatty Acid

Karen Laubengayer, Heidelberg College
Mentor: Joel Clement
Cloning of Genes Relevant to VLCFA Biosynthesis and Construction of Recombinant Baculovirus

Char Marshall, Fort Valley State University
Mentor: Mark Running
The Use of PCR and RT-PCR to check the KO of T-DNA Lines in Arabidopsis

Peter Murphy, Amherst College
Mentor: Oliver Yu
Metabolic Engineering of Resveratrol Biosynthesis

Andrew Mutka, Valparaiso
Mentor: Mark Running
Probing the Function of a Protein Prenyltransferase α-subunit-like Gene With a Yeast Two-Hybrid System

Dan Normansell, University of Missouri-Columbia
Mentor: Chris Taylor 
Development of Plant Protection Using Small Peptides

Larry Page, University of Missouri-Columbia
Mentor: Erik Nielsen
Binding Specificities of 3 PH Domains in A. thaliana

Kristin Pederson, College of William and Mary
Mentor: Anita Snyder
Amino acid determinants of antifungal activity in Medicago defensins

Elise Peterson, University of Rochester
Mentor: Liming Xiong
Molecular Cloning and Characterization of Fiery1 Suppressors

Amelia Randich, Grinnell College
Mentor: Tom Smith
Purification and Crystallization of a Putative ABC-Type Iron Transport Protein from Synechocystis PCC 6803

Joan Soon, College of New Jersey
Mentor: Yiji Xia
Investigation of PAMP induced defense responses

Janey Symington, Yale University
Mentor: Isabel Ordiz-Luis
Functional Activity of Domains of RF2a, a Rice Transcription Factor

Kyle Taylor, Iowa State University
Mentor: Sam Wang
Characterization of phospholipase Dβ and phosphatidic acid molecular targets

Hilary Vasel, University of Missouri-Columbia
Mentor: Jonathan Markham
Modification of Sphingolipid Metabolism in Arabidopsis Thaliana

Ellie Walsh, Cornell University
Mentor: Chris Taylor
Tools for the Study of the Root-Knot Nematode, Meloidogyne incognita