Identification of genes expressed during key stages in maize shoot apical meristem and embryogenesis development
During the summer I worked on the homology of the grass cotyledon, specifically in maize. My project focused on identifying genes expressed during key stages in maize shoot apical meristem and embryogenesis development to show that cotyledons are indeed leaf like structures. Gene expression was used to relate and compare the cotyledon to other leaf like organs.
I used a myriad of essential techniques needed to work in any molecular and genetics lab like: leaf-sectioning techniques, microscopy, PCR, RNA extraction, cloning, sequencing, in-situ hybridization and how to use online scientific databases.
The BTI experience was very beneficial as an undergraduate and eye-opening to what graduate school can be like. All the P.I’s, mentors and lab members are very helpful, patient and understanding. You not only get paid to do something you love, enjoy the perks or working with scientists and graduate students, and gain a wide variety of knowledge but the interns become your new best friends.