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BURGESS, Patrick W.

Degree Sought: Ph.D.

Title: Field Development Scientist, Bayer U.S. LLC, Environmental Science Division

Comments: Dr. Burgess is a customer-centric agriculture technology field scientist who builds strong relationships with end-users and academic leaders to identify opportunistic market niches and drive innovation across various market segments. During his time in the Rutgers Plant Biology Graduate Program, he was the lab manager for Dr. Bingru Huang (Plant Physiology), served as a Teaching Assistant for Plant Biology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and was an Instructor in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School.

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BYRNES, David

Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology
Advisor: James Simon
Email: drbyrnes@rutgers.edu
Office/Lab Location: Foran Hall - 391A
Tentative Thesis Title: Selection of Vegetable Amaranth for High Yield, Multiple Harvests, High Nutrition and Minimal Antinutritive Components
Research Interests: Crop Improvement, international development, suppy/value chain, post-harvest procedures, new use applications, medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, economics.

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CHU, Philomena

Degree Sought: Ph.D.,

Track: Molecular & Celluar Biology

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DONDERALP, Veysel

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Plant Breeding & Genomics
Advisor: Thomas Orton
Email: veysel.donderalp@rutgers.edu
Office/Lab Location: Foran Hall - 204

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JESPERSEN, David

Degree Sought: Ph.D.

Comments: After receiving his Ph.D. at Rutgers in January of 2016, he started employment  in April of 2016 at the University of Georgia, and land-grant university originally founded in 1785. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Georgia, researching turfgrass physiology. The focus of his research is to combine whole plant physiology with underlying molecular biology to understand the mechanisms of abiotic stress tolerance in grasses.

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KENNY, Laura

Degree Sought: Master of Science

Title: Equine Natural Resources Educator, Penn State Extension

Comments: In August 2016, she started as an Equine Natural Resources Educator at Penn State Extension.  She is based out of the Montgomery County Extension Office, but have statewide responsibilities with the Equine Team.  Her job is to educate horse farm owners about pasture and farm management and encourage environmental stewardship through adoption of best management practices.

 

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MORATH, Shannon

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Plant Pathology
Advisor: Joan Bennett
Email: shannon.morath@rutgers.edu
Office/Lab Location: Foran Hall - 291A

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REICHERT, William

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Plant Breeding & Genomics
Advisor: James E. Simon
Email: willreic@rutgers.edu
Office/Lab Location: Foran Hall - 391C
Research Interests: Increasing the essential oil yield in Nepeta cataria (catnip) and improving the nepetalactone concentration.
Tentative Thesis Title: Phytochemical exploration into Nepeta cataria

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SATCH, Christopher

Degree Sought: Master of Science


Title: Instructor/Director - Plant Science & Education, The Sill, NYC
Comments: He is an instructor at the New York Botanic Gardens (NYBG) and the Director of Plant Science and Education at The Sill, a NYC-based plant company. He graduated from Rutgers University with an MS in Plant Biology and Pathology (Jan '16). He is also on the Board of Trustees for the Manhattan Orchid Society, and volunteers for RAGE, Rutgers Alumni Growers and Exhibitors.  He is passionate about botanical education and is working to spread the importance of plants to designers, healthy lifestyle advocates, and mainstream society through marketing as a tool.

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SHAO, Wanchen

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track:Molecular & Cellular Biology
Advisor: Juan Dong
Research Interests:

the molecular mechanisms underlying asymmetric cell division (ACD) of plant stem cells, through the investigations in the stomatal development system. The research aims to understand the regulators and genetic pathways in cell polarization, protein trafficking, signal transduction, and cytoskeleton organization in plant ACD, all of which are important topics in plant developmental and cell biology.


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WANG, Jianqiao 'Cindy'

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology
Advisor: Eric Lam
Email: Cindy.j.wang@rutgers.edu
Office/Lab Location: Foran Hall - 216
Tentative Thesis Title: Functional Research of Arabidopsis thaliana Metacaspases

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WANG, Jinyu

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Horticulture & Plant Technology
Advisor: Bingru Huang
Email: wangjinyu90@yahoo.com
Office/Lab Location: Foran Hall - 373
Tentative Thesis Title: Physiological, biochemical and molecular factors associated with heat tolerance in fine fescue species (Festuca ssp.)

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XU, Min

Degree Sought: Master of Science
Track: Plant Pathology
Advisor: James White
Email: mx57@scarletmail.rutgers.edu
Tentative Thesis Title: The powdery mildew on rice

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ZDEPSKI, Anna Lind

Degree Sought: Ph.D
Track: Molecular & Cellular Biology
Advisor: Joachim Messing
Email: Anna.zdepski@rutgers.edu
Office/Lab Location: Dr. Messing's Lab, Waksman Institute
Research Interests: Conducing research in molecular genetics of the diploid strawberry, Fragaria vesca I am developing tools in Python, R, and UNIX to identify SNP markers from next generation dequencing data of her F. vesca mapping population. Thesis research includes creating a genetic map and cloining two genes in diploid strawberry.

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