Assembling a New Model Plant Genome

Anne Sternberger is a PhD student in Plant Biology and Research Assistant in the Wyatt Lab. Anne’s research interests include both systematic and molecular biology. Her current project is assembling the genome of the Downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens), a wild yellow violet with black striations. Her faculty advisers Dr. Harvey Ballard, one of the foremost experts in the world on violets, and Dr. Sarah Wyatt share an interest in this particular violet because of its mixed breeding system which creates two different flowers. Continue reading


Meet Allan Poe

allanpoeB.S. Environmental and Plant Biology, 2016
Ohio University, Athens, OH

Allan hails from Concord, Ohio. He is a senior at Ohio University working towards an Environmental and Plant Biology (BS) degree with a minor in Math and Chemistry. He started working in the Wyatt Lab May 2015. This summer Allan is coming up to speed in the Lab by practicing DNA extraction and PCR and gel electrophoresis. He has also begun researching the gps2 mutant gene in order further understand the signaling and perception mechanisms during cold gravistimulation. When Allan is not in the lab he enjoys playing music, golfing, and exploring the nearby forests. His future plans include graduate school and further research on medicinal plants.