Yogendra advanced to Ph.D. candidate

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 and Edgar completed their NIH-supported Bridges to Biomedicine project

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.

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Two awards this year at the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair


Brian at the state science and engineering fair


Angela at the state science and engineering fair

Angela was awarded with irst place (Plant Science) at the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair. Following Sam’s first award last year, this is a repeat win in the plant science section at the state fair. Brian was awarded with second place in the mechanical engineering section.

The Effect of Aspirin Tablet Application on Plant Resistance to Luminescence-Tagged Pseudomonas (Angela)

Water Conservation through a Conductivity-Controlled Drainage System (Brian)


Chamath (a.k.a. Sam) won a 4th place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2013

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CHAMATH DHARMASIRI, a volunteer student from Wimberley high school last summer, placed 4th at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in April 2013. His presentation title is Analysis of CRT1 Protein Family Dimerization in Plant Immune Responses. There were 120 entrants in his division. He had the privilege of visiting several Nobel Laureates as well as making new friends from all over the world. We all are so proud of him and admire the diligence and ingenuity that took him so far.