Summer Blanco received her BS in Biology with a Botany option in May 2020 from Cal Poly Pomona. During her undergraduate degree program, she supported Master’s thesis research on the evolution and development of novel floral organ architecture in Aquilegia in the lab of Dr. Bharti Sharma. She has also conducted research at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, (2018) and Ball Horticultural Company in Chicago, IL, (2019) as a summer research intern.
In her current role in the Success in Graduate Education (SIGuE) post-baccalaureate program, she is gaining valuable research experience in plant genetics, biochemistry, and molecular biology in the lab of Dr. Erich Grotewold at Michigan State University.
She is applying for PhD programs this Fall and is actively seeking out potential mentors for PhD research! Her research interests for graduate school include: reproductive biology, plant-insect interactions, and metabolic diversity in angiosperms.