Project Description :
The Bartlett lab studies the molecular underpinnings of plant diversity – both how it develops and how it evolves. We have designed a system where we can mimic in the lab the molecular evolution we have uncovered in the wild: we can test what happens when we alter a single molecular interaction in a developing corn plant. In addition, we are in the middle of a mutant hunt, looking for new corn mutants that we can use to help us understand the genetics of flower development. We are looking for students interested in plant biology, genetics, evolution, and/or development to get involved in both of these projects. Duties will include taking care of the plants we use in our research (corn and other grasses, Arabidopsis, tobacco), looking for new mutants (microscopy), as well as molecular lab work (DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, protein biochemistry).