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Open Access Dissertation

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded


First Advisor

Samuel P. Hazen

Second Advisor

Courtney C. Babbitt

Third Advisor

Madelaine E. Bartlett

Fourth Advisor

Todd P. Michael

Subject Categories

Computational Biology | Genomics | Plant Biology


Field grown crops are continually exposed to a variety of external stimuli that influence plant responses. Light, temperature, and water availability interact to affect many economically important traits including growth rate, size, and lifespan. My research is focused on the intersection of genetic and environmental factors influencing plant growth. Specifically, I am interested in elucidating the regulation of rhythmic genes in response to photo- and thermocycles and identifying novel candidate genes associated with growth and drought traits. Understanding the gene regulatory networks that mediate time-of-day signaling is vital to identifying candidate genes across the pan-genome associated with traits of interest.


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