The Wyatt Lab team met at a local favorite meeting place, Jackie O’s, to send Bianca Correia off in style.
Bianca returned the next day to Brazil where she will complete her BS degree in bio-mechanical engineering. After she completes her degree, Bianca says she plans to pursue her graduate degree, and she hopes this will bring her back to Athens, Ohio and the Wyatt Lab. We hope so, too. Safe travels, Bianca. We look forward to working with you again!
Bianca Corriea, visiting exchange-student researcher working in the Wyatt Lab, is using antisense RNA (asRNA) to verify the candidate gene responsible for the unique phenotype of the gps3 mutant in response to GPS treatment.
To test the gps3 candidate gene, Corriea must silence the expression of this single gene and verify that this targeted transformation results in the gps 3 phenotype. The gene silencing method that Corriea will deploy is to sequence the candidate gene and then splice a copy of the gene into agrobacterium. Agrobacterium is used in plant biology as a method of introducing genes into the genome of test plants through a process known as agrobacterium-mediated transformation mechanism. This mechanism takes advantage of the agrobacterias natural process of invading host organisms and semi-randomly inserting its DNA into the host genome.
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
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.