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 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.