"I applied to the University Scholars program in order to get support for the research that I love conducting and to have my scientific work published. I wanted to get a better understanding of the research process, as well as network with other undergraduate researchers in the program. This academic year, I hope to have my research published in a scientific journal and to learn more about research opportunities after graduation."
Academic interests - Biotechnlogy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research interests- Floriculture, Genetics, and Biotechnology.
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences University Scholars Program (2011-2012)
- National Science Foundation REU Internship at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (2011)
- Florida-Georgia Alliance for Minority Participation (FGAMP) Scholarship (2010-2011)
- 2nd Place in Biological Sciences Poster Presentation at FGAMP Conference (2011)
- HHMI Science for Life Intramural Award (2010-2011)
- National Smart Grant (2010-2011)
- Phelps Foundation Scholarship (2010)
- Florida Academic Scholar (2008-2012)
- West Council Scholarship (2008-2011)
Hobbies and Interests
- Studying inherited and infectious diseases, and playing tennis
Suppression of C4H Transcript in Petuniaxhybrida cv ‘Mitchell Diploid’ (MD) by RNAi
Cinnamate-4-hydroxylase (C4H) is a key enzyme in the floral volatile benzenoid/phenylpropanoid (FVBP) biosynthesis pathway and is essential to production of important phenylpropanoids. To study expression of this gene in Petuniaxhybrida cv ‘Mitchell Diploid’ (MD), a cDNA clone of C4H was obtained and used to make the coding sequence of C4H. Coding sequences of two transcripts (PhC4H1 and PhC4H2) regulating C4H have been cloned, RNAi vectors have been constructed to suppress the expression of C4H1 and C4H2, and a T0 line is currently being assessed for volatile phenotypes and reduced expression of the C4H transcripts. It is hypothesized that the suppression of expression of one of the transcripts of C4H in Petuniaxhybrida cv ‘Mitchell Diploid’ (MD), will cause an increase in trans-cinnamic acid, a decrease in para-coumaric acid, and a decrease in many important volatiles and phenylpropanoids biosynthesized in the FVBP pathway.