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The Zerega Lab aims to understand evolutionary processes in plants, especially as they apply to underutilized crops and their wild relatives. The research takes both a basic and applied approach with the goals of advancing crop improvement, sustainable agriculture, and food security, as well as informing the conservation of plant genetic resources.

Announcements

December 2013: Kristen Laricchia receives an ISEN (Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern) award for her MS research “Transcriptome analysis of breadfruit across a domestication gradient.”

December 2013: Congratulations to Lindsay Darling on the completion of her MS degree

Fall 2013: Elliot Gardner receives honorable mention in the Science in Society Scientific Images Contest.

June 2013: Congratulations to Colby Witherup on the completion of her MS degree.

Spring 2013: Theresa Melhem receives the Botanical Society of America Graduate Student Research Award.

Spring 2013: Maria Wang receives the Botanical Society of America Graduate Student Research Award.

Spring 2013: Elliot Gardner receives the 2013 Systematics Research Fund Award (jointly administered by the Linnean Society and the Systematics Association), the American Society of Plant Taxonomists Graduate Student Research Award, and the Torrey Botanical Society Student Training Fellowship to attend a Tropical Botany course in Florida.