Jessica Torres (pictured in the right) from San Antonio College interned this summer under April’s guidance. She worked on a project characterizing several chromatin remodeling factors associated with plant immunity. Matt Randal and Edgar Rodriguez, the past interns, were also pictured in the left.
Lockhart, Texas, is known as the BBQ capital. We dined at Kreuz Market, one of the BBQ restaurants in Lockhart on July 2015.
Yogendra and Dr. Kang will travel to Minneapolis this July for the ASPB (Americann Society of Plant Biologists) meeting. Yogendra will be supported by Graduate College. Dr. Kang won the ASPB Recognifion Travel Award, a full ride fellowships to attend ASPB’s annual meeting. Dr. Kang will also chair ‘Epigenetic’ section for the meeting.
April Bonnard won the best presentation award at the annual department colloquium on April 17, 2015. The presentation was entitled ‘Characterizations of chromatin remodelling factors in disease resistance in plant immunity‘.
Yogendra presented his 3 minute-thesis at the department competition and won the people’s choice award. He will present his 3MT at the University Final Competition in April, 2015.
Ariel Koska, a senior student from San Marcos High School, spent a day in the lab for her job shadowing activity on Feb. 1, 2015. She followed various activities in the lab including sitting in Cell Physiology Lab afternoon.
Yogendra has successfully defended his dissertation proposal/qualifying exam on Jan 16, 2015. He is now officially Ph.D. candidate. The dissertation title is Characterization of chromatin dynamics under biotic stress in Arabidopsis. His committee consists of Dr. Dan Klessig (Cornell U), Dr. Ping He (Texas A&M), Dr. Nihal Dharmasiri (TxSU) and Dr. Suni Dharmasiri (TxSU). Congrats!
Matt Randal and Edgar Rodriguez, sophomore students from San Antonio and Northwest Vista College respectively, successfully completed their NIH-supported Bridges to Biomedicine project. They presented their research, in which yeast-2-hybrids were utilized to look at the molecular interaction of MORC1 from potatoes and tomatoes with 14 proteins that have been identified as Arabidopsis MORC1 interacting proteins. Ji-Chul Nam, our first-year Ph.D. student in the lab, mentored these students. Congrats Matt, Edgar and Ji-Chul for the great progress and results. Note that our new grad student, April Bonnard, also helped with the research. We all thank Sara, Anne and Dr. Ron Walter for arranging this excellent outreach program on campus.
Yogendra won the 2nd place award for his poster presentation at the Annual Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences Symposium at Texas A&M in May 2014. His poster was entitled as ‘The MORC1/CRT1 family play a role in modulating transposable elements via altering genome accessibility’.