I conduct research in Dr. Judy Brusslan's Plant Molecular Biology lab at CSULB. With funding from NIH RISE, I study the transcriptional regulation of age-dependent leaf senescence in Arabidopsis thaliana. Feel free to reach out and ask for a poster if you would like more info about my research! I used to be an assistant TA for the genetics lab and the genetics supplemental instructor (Si) at CSULB. Si was a course that students enroll in to meet with me twice weekly in a classroom setting to practice and master the concepts of genetics while developing independent learning skills. I am an ASPB society and NOGLSTP member and an ASPB/Conviron Scholar and Ambassador. My goal is to earn a PhD and pursue a research career involving molecular biology and genomics, preferably in the plant sciences. I will be starting at NYU in the fall of 2020! I want to continue learning ASL so I can eventually offer interpreting services and make STEM more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing communities. I also am proud to represent the LGBTQIA+ community in the plant sciences! 

Career Status:
Research Assistant

Research Areas:
Genetics, Genomics, Molecular Biology, Gene Regulation


-Hinckley, WE, Keymanesh, K, Cordova, JA, Brusslan, JA. The HAC1 histone  acetyltransferase promotes leaf senescence and regulates the expression of ERF022Plant Direct. 2019; 3: 1– 10.

- - GMO Safety Infographics 

Publicly Available Data:

 -Temporal comparison of leaf transcriptomes between early-flowering Arabidopsis thaliana atx1/atx3/atx4 triple mutants and vegetative WT Col-0 plants of the same age. Hinckley WE, Brusslan JA, Keymanesh K. Geo Dataset GSE134177. July 12, 2019. This includes 36 transcriptomes I independently generated from my atx-triple mutant RNA-seq project, along with an infographic describing experimental methods and appropriate metadata.

-RNA-seq analysis on Arabidopsis Col-0, hac1-1 (SALK_080380), and hac1-2 (SALK_136314). Brusslan J, Hinckley W, Keymanesh K, Cordova J. GEO Dataset GSE134176. July 12, 2019. This is the RNA-seq data generated from a team of researchers in the Brusslan lab. This is published with my first author 2019 Plant Direct paper.

Volunteer Activities

-Volunteered in the CSULB science learning center to give presentation about animal exhibits to visiting elementary school and Jr high students.

-Visited local high schools to give presentations about my research to the AP Bio classes as a way of increasing early interest in research careers. (Sept 2019).

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education