Hi! I'm a second-year plant biology graduate student interested in genomics and evolution. Born and raised in Pasadena, CA, I have been happily settled in the East Bay since arriving here as an undergraduate seven years ago. As a Molecular Environmental Biology major at UC Berkeley, I developed a passion for plants as both fascinating organisms and as keys to a more sustainable future. I am currently doing my Ph.D. work at the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, CA, using computational methods to study the evolution of a polyploid grass that may serve as a model for proposed biofuel crops.  

In addition to my research, I love chatting with the public about science. I am part of an organization at UC Berkeley called CLEAR (Communication, Literacy, and Education in Agricultural Research) through which I give presentations, write blog articles, and operate our booth at community events. Every single one of us has valid insights and experiences to bring to the table when it comes to interpretation of scientific data. The more people we have at the table, the better our chances of finding honest answers to society’s biggest questions. 

Research Areas:
Computational Biology, Evolution, Genetics, Genomics, Molecular Biology


Marshall, C., Tartaglio, V., Duarte, M., and Harmon, F. G. (2016), The Arabidopsis sickle Mutant Exhibits Altered Circadian Clock Responses to Cool Temperatures and Temperature-Dependent Alternative Splicing.  The Plant Cell, 28 (10): 2560-2575. DOI: 10.1105/tpc.16.00223

Tartaglio, V., Rennie, E. A., Cahoon, R., Wang, G., Baidoo, E., Mortimer, J. C., Cahoon, E. B. and Scheller, H. V. (2017), Glycosylation of inositol phosphorylceramide sphingolipids is required for normal growth and reproduction in Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal, 89: 278–290. DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13382

Volunteer Activities

Actively participating in science outreach events, blog articles and presentations through UC Berkeley CLEAR (Communication, Literacy, and Education in Agricultural Research)

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education