Madelaine Bartlett

Principal Investigator
email: mbartlett[at]
phone: 413.545.2235
I am a new assistant professor in the Biology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (since January 2014). My lab is going to be 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. 

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.

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.