Hey everyone, I'm Alecia! I would consider myself a developmental and cellular biologist who utilizes plants as a model system (particularly Arabidopsis). I am a PhD graduate student at The Ohio State University in the Molecular Cellular and Developmental BIology program (MCDB). My dissertation research focuses on the role of the nucleus and nuclear envelope proteins in plant adaptation to environmental stress, mostly in stomata. I hope to get involved with science writing/communication and teaching after graduation.

Research Areas:
Molecular Biology


Groves NR, Biel AM, Newman-Griffis AH, and Meier I. (2017) Dynamic Changes of Plant Nuclear Organization in Response to Environmental and Developmental Signals. Plant Physiol. doi: 10.1104/pp.17.00788. [Epub ahead of print]

Meier I, Griffis AH, Groves NR, and Wagner A. (2016) Regulation of nuclear shape and size in plants. Curr Opion Cell Biol. 40:114-123

Tang X, Zhou L, Wagner AM, Marchetto MC, Muotri AR, Gage FH, and Chen G. (2013) Astroglial cells regulate the developmental timeline of human neurons differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells. Stem Cell Res. 11(2):743-757

Volunteer Activities

MCDB Volunteer Coordinator at The Ohio State University, 2014-2016

-Performed various science projects with 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Hiltonia Alternative Middle School to increase interest in science at a young age

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education