Modeling Arabidopsis Responses to Microgravity

Dr. Sarah Wyatt and graduate student researcher Marilyn Hayden are converging their knowledge of genetic research and computer-assisted network analysis to build a novel computer model. The model will collectively present International Space Station (ISS) plant experiment data from the past 10 years. The meta-analysis will provide plant geneticists with a visual, interactive network model of the genes acting and interacting across the genome in response to microgravity conditions.NODEs

The network model is part of the Wyatt Lab’s current space-based research experiment, known as BRIC-20, and will include 47 space-based plant research projects conducted by international researchers aboard the ISS. Many international scientific journals have published some of the data, but a large portion of it has never been publicly available.

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Adam Cook Awarded PURF Grant

Congratulations to Wyatt Lab research assistant Adam Cook! The Engineering, Health, Math, and Science Selection Committee awarded Cook the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund (PURF) grant. The grant will fund direct expenses related to his research along with conferences to present research. Cook will present his award-winning research at the Ohio University Research and Creative Activity Expo during the spring semester. Way to go, Adam!

Megan Osika Recognized with Undergraduate Research Award

Megan-OsikaWyatt Lab research assistant Megan Osika has been selected as the recipient of the 2013-14 Jeanette G. Grasselli Brown Undergraduate Research Award. Recipients of the prestigious award are nominated by sponsoring faculty members in recognition of their exceptional level and quality of research. The purpose of the award is to encourage and facilitate the involvement of undergraduate students in a significant research effort with faculty mentors. Congratulations, Megan!

Learn more about the Jeanette G. Grasselli Brown Undergraduate Research Award here:

Proma Basu ARCC Honorable Mention


Congratulations to Proma Basu, a Wyatt Lab graduate student researcher! Basu received an Honorable Mention for her Poster Session at the November 8, 2014 Appalachian Regional Cell Conference (ARCC) hosted by Marshall University in Huntington, WV.


Way to go, Proma!

Meet Jeremy Held

heldJeremy Held grew up in Westerville, OH. He is currently a sophomore in the Honors Tutorial College pursuing a B.S. degree in plant biology. Held enjoys his lab work as well as an enthusiasm for the outdoors and fieldwork. As an honors student, Held will write his thesis this year and hopes to converge his two passions by pursuing ecology based questions for his thesis.

Held joined the Wyatt Lab during the Fall 2014 Semester. Currently, he is investigating the role of two genes in plant gravitropism. To determine if the genes are significant, Held’s research requires he run a series of phenotype and qPCR analyses on his model plants.

Unlocking the Black Box of Plant Response to Gravity

Sarah Wyatt, PhD

Dr. Sarah Wyatt presented “Plant Gravitropic Signal Transduction: A Network Analysis Leads to Gene Discovery” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) October 25th in Pasadena, CA. The presentation described recent work the lab has made toward developing a network of gene expression data that is helping them to expand the knowledge of how plants respond to gravity. Read more here.