Ph.D. Horticulture Sciences - Environmental Horticulture
Samantha is a doctoral student and graduate research assistant at the University of Florida’s Environmental Horticulture Department. Samantha came to the University of Florida after earning a B.S. from Florida Southern College’s Honor College, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. It was a combination of the frontiers explored in molecular biology and biochemistry classes along with an enthralling lecture on utilizing science for crop improvement from an Honors College professor that led Samantha to take an initial interest in this field. The undergraduate research projects she spearheaded on DNA barcoding, protein expression, and methylome analysis are what cemented her intentions of a career in research. While the quest for knowledge is ubiquitous among researchers, Samantha says her real motivation for pursuing agricultural research is to utilize genetic, biochemical, and molecular findings to help feed the world. Samantha is working for Dr. Dave Clark and her doctoral research is centered upon a biochemical and molecular approach to breeding better basil.