Mentor: Dr. Stuart McDaniel
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I am deeply interested in the complex world of biology and biological sciences!"
Interdisciplinary Biology and Medical Studies
- University Scholars Program 2016
Hobbies and Interests
Molecular Characterization of Wild Moss Isolates
An essential factor influencing offspring number and viability is the ability of the female plant to transfer nutrients to the embryo. Theory predicts that the ability of the female plant to transfer nutrients can be influenced by the genotype of the father of her offspring. This theory is based off of the idea that a female plant will have a genetically determined influence on the amount of nutrient transfer through the placenta, and the male plant’s influence on nutrient transfer could be variable. This will enable us to distinguish between the female contribution of nutrient transfer and the male contribution of nutrient transfer. In order to create a solid foundation for further research, we must first identify individuals to use in controlled mating experiments, allowing us to empirically test the paternal effect on reproductive output. Following up on my work from last semester, isolating individual offspring from natural populations. I will be characterizing those individuals molecularly to determine sex and genotype at selected gene markers of interest. Parallel to the genotyping I will also be observing the various phenotypes associated with each genotype. Together this will provide us with a better understanding of genetic and phenotypic variance within this population.