Good Travels, Avery

Avery E. Tucker is leaving us after a long and productive term with the Wyatt Lab. Avery started working in the Wyatt Lab Fall 2011 as undergraduate researcher and has served as a research assistant since December 2013 after graduating from Ohio University with his BS in Plant Biology with a minor in Chemistry and an East Asian Studies certificate. Continue reading


My Plant Story – Avery Tucker

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Avery Tucker

When I was in elementary school I lived in Ohio City, a mile or so from downtown Cleveland. Our family had a small garden plot and each year during the spring and summer we would plant tomatoes, basil, strawberries, and cucumbers. Pesto was a staple of the summer and early fall and I was always sent to school with a fresh bag of cucumbers to snack on. I enjoyed watching the cucumbers grow. When you’re small these giants could grow bigger than your arm, yet they were easy to pick up. These were my favorites to pick from the garden.

Another great part about gardening was planting seeds because you would get to play in the soil. While planting seeds I would get side tracked and focus on digging deep holes in order to unearth worms, grubs, ants and other creatures. I would take bits of strawberry and cut them up for the ants and watch as one discovered the prize and a cascade of others followed.

Living in Athens, Ohio I continue to keep a garden, growing and tending to the herbs, fruits, and vegetables.


Meet Avery Tucker, Research Assistant


  • BS, Environmental Plant Biology, Ohio University (2013)
  • BA, East Asian Studies, Ohio University (2013)


Avery joined Dr. Wyatt’s research group during the fall quarter of 2011. He is currently working from a set of microarray data to identify putative genes involved with the gravitropic signal transduction pathway. By selecting for T-DNA gene knockouts followed by mutant phenotype characterization and submission to the GPS treatment he hopes to find significant genes. A typical day in the lab involves running PCR and RT-qPCR, tending to plants, and reading relevant literature. While in the lab he has had the opportunity to give both poster and oral presentations.

Earlier in April Avery was accepted into the U.S. Student Fulbright program to conduct research in China. At the end of August he will be moving to Harbin, China to first learn Mandarin, then relocating to Wuhan begin his research project. The project focuses on assessing the potential that fermented foods would have as edible vaccines.