I got involved in research due to my lifelong fascination with genetic biology and my pursuit of a career in scientific research.
Susceptibility of certain crops to enzymatic browning reactions has become a relevant topic in genetic engineering research in recent years due to the degradation in quality, nutritional content, and distribution ability that these reactions incite. In this project, Annelise will be using cloning techniques to identify and characterize the gene that exercises significant control over these reactions in basil, an herb of great prominence and economic significance. Isolation of this gene will allow efforts in reducing its expression and the associated oxidation reactions via genetic engineering techniques such as RNA interference and CRISPR-Cas9 for subsequent regeneration of a browning-resistant basil cultivar. Annelise hopes that this project will contribute to the scientific community’s efforts in developing nutritious and globally-accessible foods through genetic engineering techniques.