I am a master’s student in Plant Breeding under Dr. Endang Septiningsih and the Crop Genome Editing Laboratory at Texas A&M University. I mainly work with rice and am in the process of identifying genes involved in cold tolerance during germination, which is an important trait for rice grown in Texas and Arkansas as low germination under spring frosts is a recurrent problem. I am also working on creating a genome editing protocol for cowpea using CRISPR/Cas9. Ultimately, I want to target candidate genes I have found for improving the mineral and amino acid content of cowpea seeds so that they can meet WHO and FAO nutritional requirements. 

Career Status:
Graduate Student

Research Areas:
Abiotic Interactions, Food Security, Genetics, Development

Volunteer Activities

Texas A&M Chapter of Deeds Not Words - 

Texas-based nonpartisan organization that aims to bring about gender and minority equity through advocacy, civic engagement, community involvement, and garnering support to pass legislation through the Texas Congress

Volunteer Voter Registrar - 
I register voters at Texas A&M University and the broader Brazos County area 

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education