Paige is a 3rd year PhD student working in Dr. Andrew McCubbin’s lab. Her research focuses on the genetic basis of distyly in the genus Turnera. Paige received her B.S. in Genetics and Cellular Biology from WSU. She enjoys playing video games in her free time.
Tenic is a Masters student in the Dhingra lab at WSU. He is working on understanding the role of a soil amendment, biochar, in organic agricultural systems and how it influences soil microbial communities and plant productivity. By using RNA and transcriptomics to elucidate the processes instead of just profiling communities, a more comprehensive model is being developed for plant and microbe interactions in soils. Besides research, his hobbies include enjoying the outdoors by hiking and gardening, photography, sports, and exploring new places!
Andrew grew up in rural Indiana on a small sheep farm before attending Iowa State University (ISU) where he earned a B.A in Agronomy with a focus on plant breeding and biotechnology. Currently, he works in Dr. Arron Carter’s winter wheat breeding program. His research focuses on using UAVs and hyperspectral imaging to collect phenotypic trait data of the breeding population for use in selection and line advancement. Other areas of interest include using this new UAV technology to improve genomic selection and better understand GxE interactions. In his free time, he enjoy hiking, hunting, woodworking, and serving at his local church.