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Team Members

Principal Investigator

Dr. Kevin Begcy

Dr. Kevin Begcy is an Assistant Professor of Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Physiology in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida. Dr. Begcy received his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked as a Research Scientist at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

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Graduate students

Ph.D. students

Xingli Li

Xingli Li is a graduate student in the Department of Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry at the University of Regensburg. Xingli is working on the effect of increased temperatures on male gametophyte development. He is also a CSC fellow.

 

 

Kim Taehoon

Taehoon Kim is a graduate student in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida. His Ph.D. research focuses on the mechanisms of stress tolerance and developmental transition in rice and maize. In his free time, Taehoon enjoys watching sports and playing guitar.

 

 

Andrew Egesa

Andrew Egesa is a graduate student in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida. He is interested in molecular signaling during plant development and the interaction of development and stress responses in cereals. He is also an American Society of Plant Biology (ASPB) Ambassador. In his free time, he enjoys playing badminton.

Masters students

Katie Chase

Katie Chase is a Masters student. Her research focuses on localization and characterization of enzymes involved in the response of rice to drought and salt stresses. In her free time, she enjoys playing Ultimate frisbee and solving puzzles.

Undergraduate students

Emma Piper

Emma Piper is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Plant Science, specializing in Breeding and Genetics. Emma is studying transformation and transgenic expression in rice. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and playing basketball and tennis.

 

 

Former Begcy Lab Team Members

  • Karolina Zakarkaite
  • Evert Varela
  • Gabriel Alexander
  • Blake Costine
  • Yuan Yuan
  • Larissa Laforest
  • Shafina Samraj
  • Makenzie Meikle
  • Alec Dunker
  • Rebecca Arias
  • Melina Michel