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Husain Agha (agha0012@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Laura Shannon
first semester in PMB: fall 2019
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Anna Bennett (benne934@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Trinity Hamilton
first semester in PMB: fall 2017
research interests: photosynthesis in bacteria, extremophiles, carbon assimilation strategies, determining the physiological limits of life!
study system: Yellowstone hot springs


John Benning (jbenning@umn.edu)
advisor(s): David Moeller
first semester in PMB: fall 2013
research interests: geographic range limits; species interactions; adaptation
study system: Clarkia xantiana


Stephen Brockman (brock197@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Adrian Hegeman
first semester: fall 2014
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Alexandra Crum (crumx045@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Ya Yang
first semester in PMB: fall 2019
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Clemon Dabney (dabne003umn.edu)
advisor(s): George Weiblen
first semester in PMB: fall 2016
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Leslie Day ( )
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first semester in PMB: fall 2019
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Rafael Della Coletta (della028@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Candice Hirsch and Robert Stupar
first semester in PMB: fall 2018
research interests: gene co-expression networks and genomic prediction
study system: Maize


Mara DeMers (demer013@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Georgiana May
first semester in PMB: fall 2014
research interests: community assembly and population genetics of fungal endophytes
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James Dulaney (dulan010@umn.edu)
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first semester in PMB: fall 2019
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Evan Ellison (ellis750@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Dan Voytas
first semester in PMB: fall 2016
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Zacky Ezedin (ezedi001@umn.edu)
advisor(s): George Weiblen
first semester in PMB: fall 2017
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Kristin Grandt (haman132@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Neil Olszewski
first semester in PMB: fall 2012
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Joshua Havill (havil008@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Gary Muehlbauer
first semester in PMB: fall 2017
research interests: crop wild relatives and disease resistance
study system: common hop (Humulus lupulus)


Alexander Jenkins (jenki364@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Katie Fixen
first semester in PMB: fall 2018
research interests: iron sensing and regulation; intracellular electron flow; anaerobic bacteria
study system: Rhodopseudomonas palustris


Brooke Kern (kern0193@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Dave Moeller
first semester in PMB: fall 2019
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study system: Clarkia xantiana


Joleen Khey (kheyx001@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Mike Travisano
first semester in PMB: fall 2015
research interests: tempo and mode in evolution; evolvability; synthetic biology
study system: yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae)


Shan Kothari (kotha020@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Jeannine Cavender-Bares
first semester in PMB: fall 2014
research interests: physiology of photosynthesis and photoprotection; community ecology
study system: Eastern temperate trees and grasslands


Thomas Lake (lakex055@umn.edu)
advisor(s): David Moeller
first semester in PMB: fall 2018
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Praphapan (Beera) Lasin (lasin001@umn.edu)
advisor(s): John Ward and Neil Olszewski
first semester in PMB: fall 2013
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Nathan Lewis (lewi1449@umn.edu)
advisor(s): 
first semester in PMB: fall 2019
research interests: understanding electron transfer to nitrogenase in Rhodopseudomonas palustris
study system: Rhodopseudomonas palustris


Chaochih Liu (liux1299@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Peter Morrell
first semester in PMB: fall 2017
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Erika Magnusson (magnu513@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Nathan Springer
first semester in PMB: fall 2017
research interests: gene regulatory networks and systems biology
study system: Maize


Michael Maher (mmaher@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Dan Voytas
first semester in PMB: fall 2014
research interests: methods for plant genome engineering using developmental regulators
study system: Nicotiana benthamiana, Vitis vinifera, Solanum lycopersicum, Solanum tuberosum


Claire Milsted (milst023@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Changbin Chen
first semester in PMB: fall 2015
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Rebekah Mohn (mohnx072@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Ya Yang
first semester in PMB: fall 2017
research interests: plant phylogenetics and chromosome evolution
study system: Drosera, Droseraceae


Ariadna Mondragon (mondr042@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Jennifer Powers
first semester in PMB: fall 2018
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Cedric Ndinga Muniania (nding001@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Georgiana May
first semester in PMB: fall 2017
research interests: plant-fungal endophytes interaction at the community and population level
study system: fungi (ascomycete)


Jaclyn Noshay (nosha003@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Nathan Springer
first semester in PMB: fall 2016
research interests: epigenomic patterns and influence on the genome
study system: Zea mays


Sean O'Mara (omara010@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Corby Kistler and Kathryn Bushley
first semester in PMB: fall 2014
research interests: genetics of fungal toxin export in cereal crops
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Kelsey Peterson (pet02786@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Yaniv Brandvain
first semester in PMB: fall 2018
research interests: domestication of a perennial oilseed crop
study system: Silphium integrifolium


Taylor Price (price793@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Trinity Hamilton
first semester in PMB: fall 2019
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Angela Ricono (ricon001@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Katie Greenham
first semester in PMB: fall 2019
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Katherine Sammons (sammo021@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Adrian Hegeman
first semester in PMB: fall 2015
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study system: Achillea millefolium, Asteraceae


Hailey Sauer (breis014@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Trinity Hamilton
first semester in PMB: fall 2019
research interests: microbial interactions and their affect on biogeochemical cycling
study system: northern temperate lakes


Anthony Schmitt (schm2692@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Clay Carter
first semester in PMB: fall 2015
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Lucy Schroeder (schr1634@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Jeannine Cavender-Bares
first semester in PMB: fall 2019
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Noah Strom (stro0070@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Katherine Bushley
first semester in PMB: fall 2015
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Qian Tang (tangx575@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Jerry Cohen
first semester in PMB: fall 2014
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Jason Thomas (thom5166@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Clay Carter and David Marks
first semester in PMB: fall 2014
research interests: understanding and improving floral traits in field pennycress
study system: Thlaspi arvense


Redeat Tibebu (tibeb010@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Dan Voytas
first semester in PMB: fall 2017
research interests: targeted genome modification in oprhan crops
study system: Eragrostis tef


Molly Tillman (mkreiser@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Jerry Cohen
first semester in PMB: fall 2014
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Laura Toro (toro008@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Jennifer Powers
first semester in PMB: fall 2017
research interests: plant and soil interactions, ecosystem ecology
study system: tropical dry forests


German Vargas Gutierrez (varga111@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Jennifer Powers
first semester in PMB: fall 2016
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Trevor Weiss (weiss480@umn.edu)
advisor(s): Feng Zhang
first semester in PMB: fall 2018
research interests: plant genome editing, DNA repair, chromatin and epigenetics
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