Makenzie Meikle

Student NameMakenzie Meikle
Faculty Mentor NameKevin Begcy PhD
CollegeCollege of Agricultural and Life Sciences
MajorBiology
MinorBioinformatics
Research InterestsGene expression, plant breeding, RNA-seq, bioinformatics
Academic AwardsUniversity Scholars Program 2020
Organizationsn/a
Hobbies and InterestsCollecting houseplants, playing violin

Research Project

Transcriptomic Comparison of the Necrotrophic Fungus Fusarium graminearum and the Biotrophic Fungus Ustilago maydis During Maize Silk Infection?

To explore how Zea mays’ reproductive structures react to common fungi that affect crop yield, we hope to elucidate how F. graminearum and U. maydis infect maize silks using transcriptome analysis and attempt to identify novel biological pathways of pathogen infection.