Madelaine Bartlett

Principal Investigator
email: mbartlett[at]
phone: 413.545.2235
I am an assistant professor in the Biology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (since January 2014). My lab is working on a range of projects, all more-or-less focused on figuring out the molecular biology underlying the evolution of floral development in the monocots. The projects we have going on in the lab right now include a hunt for new floral mutants of maize, and an investigation into the evolution of protein-protein interactions in the grasses. 

Pubudu Handakumbura

Pubudu joined the lab as a postdoc in September 2014. She has Brachypodium transformation up and running in the lab, and is spear-heading a project investigating the genome-wide functional consequences of changing protein-protein interactions in the grasses.

Rob DelGizzi

Rob joined the lab as a grad student in Spring 2015.

Harry Klein

I am a graduate student in the Plant Biology program here at UMass. My background is in maize genetics and structure/function relationships. Projects for the summer of 2015 include field management, genotyping mutant lines, and assisting projects in the Walker lab. I plan on taking what I have learned in the Bartlett/Walker labs and applying that knowledge towards my graduate study in the fall. Fun fact- I have not tried any food that I do not like.

Jarrett Man

Jarrett joined the lab in October 2014 after a decade of running organic vegetable farms in the area. He will enroll as a full time plant biology student in Fall 2015, looking to research the genetic underpinnings of plant domestication.

Julianna Rushdi

Julianna has been helping Pubudu with Brachypodium transformations and genotyping since she joined the lab in the Fall of 2014.

Mackenzie Barber

I am an undergraduate at UMass Amherst majoring in biology.  In the Bartlett lab I am learning about plant genetics and how to screen for genetic mutations in Arabidopsis and corn plants.  Working in this lab has expanded my knowledge of plants and how gene mutations effect phenotype.  I hope to continue learning more about genetics by working in this lab, and possibly even discover a significant mutation that will help us better understand corn plants.

Ryan Desrochers

I am a sophomore Biology major with a special interest in genetics and physiology. Working with a variety of model systems in the Bartlett Lab has exposed me to a large number of techniques and procedures that are essential to a continuing education in the sciences. After graduating from UMass Amherst, I am looking to attend medical school and become a physician, while still participating in research and clinical studies whenever possible. I hope to be able to apply the techniques learned in this lab in new and creative ways in order to benefit others.

Thompson Zhang

Thompson is a Biochem major that joined the lab in the summer of 2014. Right now he is working on his own project knocking out B-class targets in Brachypodium distachyon using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing.

Tiffany Ma

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Microbiology. I am currently assisting Dr. Bartlett on isolating mutants that are found and induced in maize, and then determining where these mutations are in their genomes. I plan on continuing my studies on biological processes at the cellular level, and then entering the biotechnology field. The research and work that I plan on doing in the future involve the genetic foundations that I learn in the Bartlett Lab. Not only am I gaining insight on what the Bartlett Lab does, I am also gaining insight on basic laboratory procedures, protocol, and equipment. I look forward to putting everything that I have acquired to good use and improve as I continue to learn.

Student Curators

This spring (2015) Kenechi Chiemelu, Rebecca Goldberg, Jeffrey Heithmar, and Jessica Mazzola were the Morrill greenhouse curators. The four of them got started bringing the living plant collections up to date.