During the summer of 2016, Mr. Stedman, AP-biology teacher, and Phoenix, a freshman, from San Marcos High School participated in summer research in Kang lab. Phoenix has generated transgenic plants carrying with CRIPSR-Cas9 constructs with help from Yogi and is characterizing these plants. This project is to test how safe this revolutionary genome editing tool is in plants.
This research activity was featured in a local newspaper: http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/news/smhs-and-texas-state-university-partner-grant-manipulate-plant-genes.
If you are a local high school student and very motivated to learn research, please contact Dr. Kang or Mr Stedman for more details.
Mr. Makr Stedman joined the lab to build a science fair program in the San Marcos school district. He is currently teaching AP-Biology at San Marcos High School. We are very excited to collaborate with him on building a science program which will benefit the local school district. He is also advising a high school student, Phoenix, who is currently generating transgenic lines to test if CRISPR-CAS9 is safe to use in eukaryotic systems.
April defended her thesis entitled ‘HISTONE VARIANT H2A.Z SUBSTITUTION MEDIATED BY THE
SWR1-LIKE COMPLEX IS A NOVEL TRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATORY MECHANISM CONTROLLING DEFENSE GENES AND IMMUNITY IN PLANTS’ on June 24, 2016. Congratulations!
Christian Ruiz from Northwest Vista College joined the lab on May 31 for his summer training. He is supported by NIH-funded Bridge-to-medicine program managed by Dr. Rachell Booth. He will be working on the CRISPR-CAS9 system.
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Randall Ruyle, a senior student from San Marcos High School, spent a day in the lab for his job shadowing on Feb. 2, 2016. He followed various activities in the lab including sitting in Cell Physiology Lecture and Lab and watching Yogi’s genomic DNA extraction.
While unofficial, a new funding is expected in early 2016, which will support the research program for 5 years. More details will be provided soon.
Update: Dr. Kang received the NSF-CAREER award entitled “Characterization of epigenetic factors and their regulatory roles in modulating transposable elements, plant immunity and transgenerational inheritance”. This award will provide much needed research money for five years for many exciting experiments looking into the relationship between stress and adaptation in plants.
Rebecca and Nicole presented their research in Gulf coast undergraduate research symposium hosted by Rice University. Ji Chul and April have advised their research activities over this summer. Their presentation titles are as follows:
- Rebecca: Arabidopsis MED9, a putative mediator protein for RNA polymerase II, physically interacts with MORC1
- Nicole: Characterization of Chromatin-Remodeling Factors In Plant Immune Responses
The Doctoral Research Fellowship from Texas State’s graduate college was awarded to Yogendra. This fellowship will further support his research on characterization of transposon activities under biotic stress.
Yogendra presented his work on genome accessiblity in response to biotic stress at the ASPB meeting on July 2015.