Chris Benson is from Groveport, Ohio – 20 minutes southeast of Columbus. Benson is an environmental plant biology major. He attributes his interest in plants it to his grandfather – a small-scale farmer. When Benson was still in high school his grandfather loaned him some of his old equipment and a little land, and he encouraged Benson to try his hand at growing a crop. This experience awakened in Benson a passion for agriculture. He continues to grow 25 acres of corn or soy beans every year.
Benson joined the Wyatt Lab during the Spring 2015 semester. He is currently working on the microarray project to identify the genes driving plant gravitropic responses. The genes in his study have not been previously linked to plant responses to gravity.