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’.
Yogendra Bordiya, a second-year Ph.D. student, won second place for his oral presentation at the annual department colluquium. He presented his research, titled ‘The MORC1/CRT1 family play a role in modulating transposable elements via altering genome accessibility’.
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)
Dr. Kang has received two travel awards from ASPB (American Society of Plant Biologists) and ICAR (International Conference on Arabidopsis Research), traveling to Providence and Australia, respectively. He presented our recent and exciting developments on Arabidopsis heterochromatin dynamics in response to biotic stress.
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.
Our Nature Communication paper has recently been recognized and recommended in F1000! Please check out the following site: http://f1000.com/prime/717977061
Rachel Bullock has received the Commended Cell Biology Presentation Award from the Undergrad Symposium held at Rice University in October 2012.
A Nature Communications paper was published from the Kang lab in December 2012. This is the third paper published by Dr. Kang characterizing CRT1, a crucial immune component in plants. Note that the previous papers were published in Cell Host & Microbe and Plant Cell. The average impact factor for these papers is over 10! Click the following for the paper: 12kang-klessig
Motivated sophomore or junior undergrad students who want to experience high quality research in molecular plant immunity are encouraged to apply. One or two students will be selected. Please contact Dr Kang at his e-mail address for this opportunity.