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David Baum

Univ. Wisconsin
Dept. Botany
Madison, WI 53706


Taxa Studied: Plants
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sanger Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, Antibody Staining, Sectioning for Histology, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy, Transgenesis
Research Description: My research focuses on the identification of species-difference genes in diverse plants groups. We have focused especially on non-model Brassicaceae species, currently including Leavenworthia, Ionopsidium, and Physaria. The traits we have focused on include plant architecture, seed and fruit size, and trichome morphology. We are also doing some research on petal pigment pattern evolution in Clarkia (Onagraceae). Among the technical challenges are getting transient and stable transformation working in these species and developing genomic resources.
Lab Web Page: http://www.botany.wisc.edu/baum/
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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