My Plant Story – Bianca Correia

My Grandma’s Plant Knowledge
by Bianca Correia

As a science researcher, I can affirm that observation is one of the major tools we have to succeed in the scientific field. Even people who do not have a diploma but have the desire to discover and raise questions can be considered scientists. The popular knowledge about nature is also a great source that must be explored and used to develop science, and I am saying that because my plant history is totally based on popular knowledge, especially from my grandma! Continue reading

Meet Bianca Correia

B.S. Exchange Student, 2016
Ohio University, Athens, OH

Bianca Correia is a Brazilian exchange student at Ohio University who is enrolled in Biotechnology as an undergraduate at her home country. Correia came to United States as part of a large scale nationwide scholarship program called Science without Borders that aims to share knowledge between the students and the foreign universities. With this purpose, Correia joined the Wyatt’s lab where she is working on a research that involves plant gravitropism mutants. She is working to identify the role of genes involved in the signaling process to figure out which gene is causing gps3 mutant phenotype in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Meet Anne Sternberger

PhD Plant Biology, 2019
Ohio University, Athens, OH

Anne joined the Wyatt Lab during the spring semester of 2015. She is currently a first-year PhD student in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. Her research involves annotating the Viola pubescens genome for later use in examining the gene(s) and environmental cues that may responsible for the developmental switch from open, abiotic or biotically pollinated chasmogamous flowers, to those of closed, self-pollinating cleistogamous flowers. Anne’s hometown is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate studies at California University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in biology and conducted research on the embryonic effects of teratogenic agents and the epigenetic modifications they cause. 

BRIC-20 Experiment Docked to Space Station

Photo: NASA TVThe SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft carrying the Wyatt/ Luesse Labs BRIC-20 space experiment is now berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station. The hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the Harmony module of the space station is scheduled to be opened today. The capsule will spend four weeks attached to the station before returning to Earth with the Arabidopsis seedlings germinated in space for analysis.

For up-to-the-minute news on the mission from space, visit the Space Station Blog.

Also, visit the Wyatt Lab on Facebook for the latest from the scientists supporting the experiment from Earth.


Meet Chris Benson

bensonChris 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.  

Team Gravitron Launches Falcon9 Scale Model

Tuesday, December 16th, 2:31 EDT – Wyatt Lab Team Graviton Members celebrated the BRIC-20 spaceflight experiment by launching a scale model of the Falcon9 rocket at 2:31 pm in Bicentennial Park on Ohio University Campus. Originally, the Athens launch was set to correspond exactly with the NASA launch at the Kennedy Space Center but NASA pushed their launch back to December 19th.