Accelerating Pine Genomics Mississippi Genome Exploration Laboratory

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2006 ECSU intern Travis Faulcon
2006 MGEL Summer Intern Travis Faulcon


In 2005, Dr. Margaret Young, an assistant professor at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) and a graduate (Ph.D.) and former employee (postdoc) of Mississippi State University, contacted Dr. Peterson about the possibility of conducting summer research at MGEL.  Specifically, Dr. Young was interested in learning about gene isolation techniques that she could incorporate into her plant transformation/tissue culture research.  She also wished to bring two of her brightest students along with her so that they could also receive training in genomics.  Dr. Peterson, who was familiar with Dr. Young's reputation as a first rate educator and researcher, was excited at the possibility of collaboration with her, and submitted a DBI-0421717 supplement request to the NSF Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) to support Dr. Young and her students.  The PGRP kindly obliged, and consequently Dr. Young and her students Travis Faulcon and Kaleena Green spent summer 2006 conducting research at MGEL.  Specifically, the ECSU contingent learned BAC library construction techniques and participated in study of pine BAC clones containing embryogenesis and self-incompatibility genes.

Drs. Young and Peterson are working to develop this initial collaboration into a long-term MGEL/ECSU education/outreach partnership.

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*This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DBI-0421717.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.