Functional genomics of Cuscuta species
My most recent research project involved locating an upstream sequence of microRNA loci within four Cuscuta (dodder) species found in Pennsylvania which required me to perform differential analyses on R and operating the command line. Previously, I worked with Drs. Maximova and Guiltinan to examine the properties of somatic embryogenesis via tissue culture on Theobroma cacao (chocolate tree).
Dr. Michael Axtell
French and Francophone Studies, International Agriculture, Plant Pathology