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The Specht Lab group comprise a powerful cohort of grads, undergrads, postdocs — all fearless researchers working together to understand the patterns and processes of plant evolution and diversification.

Principal Investigator
Barbara McClintock Professor in Plant Biology
SIPS & L.H. Bailey Hortorium
Fellow, Atkinson Center
cdspecht@cornell.edu

 


Postdoctoral Fellows, Scholars and Researchers

Postdoctoral Researcher

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Plant Genome Research

shayla_headshot

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Collections-based research
tba@cornell.edu

 


Graduate Students

Plant Biology – 2016
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Cornell Dean’s Fellow
UC Berkeley Chancellors Fellow;
Hellman Graduate Fellow
Plant Biology – 2017
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Schmittau-Novak Graduate Fellow
Yale Ciencia Academy Graduate Fellow
Plant Biology – 2018
Presidential Life Sciences Fellow
Plant Biology – 2018
Graduate Student
Integrative Biology
joint with Rothfels Lab @ UCB
NSF Graduate Research Fellow;
DS421 Doctoral Fellow
Visiting Graduate Student
South China Botanical Garden
2019-2020

Undergraduate Researchers

Irving Jason Rose

Morphological evolution of
underground organs in the
Asparagales
Biology Major  – 2021
RCPRS Fellow

Yuna Seo

Genetic Diversity

of Sa’amaka Rice

Biology – 2020

Zhaoqi Wang

Plant Sciences – 2022

 

 

Iriel Edwards

Environmental Science and Sustainability – 2022

 

Aryaman Saksena

Biology – 2021

Shantal Alvarez

Biology – 2020

Rosemary Glos

Biodiversity of Sa’amaka Rice

Plant Sciences Major – 2020

rosemaryglos@gmail.com

Aaliyah Holliday

Biology – 2022

 


Former Specht Lab Personnel –

Throughout the years, the Specht Lab has always been more than the sum of its parts.  This is because of the individuals that have passed through, and the interactions they’ve had which generate a supportive, creative, innovative and welcoming scholarly and social environment that thrives on diversity of perspectives.  If you’ve been a member in the past and are interested in joining our mentoring slack channel, please contact me.  Also, join our FB group and keep in touch!!

Lab Managers and Research Associates

Heather Driscoll
Lab Manager & Research Associate
Currently: Research Faculty, Norwich University
Roxana Yockteng
Research Associate / Lab Manager
Associate Specialist in Plant Evolution
Currently: Researcher at Agrosavia
Undergraduate Researcher
Lab Manager/Technician
Currently: Lab Manager, Blackman Lab, UC Berkeley

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow
UC MEXUS Postdoctoral Fellow
Mary Guisinger
Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellow /
Visiting Scholar
Vincent Merckx
Postdoctoral Fellow
Currently: Research Fellow of the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity (NCB Naturalis) at Leiden (NL)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Currently: Professor Metropolitan Autonomous University
UC Mexus Postdoctoral Fellow
Currently: Assistant Professor, Univ. de Guadelajara
Postdoctoral Fellow
Currently: lecturer and researcher, University of British Colombia

Graduate Students

Chodon Sass
Graduate Student – PhD 2010
Postdoctoral Scholar
Research Associate
Currently: Project manager at MyAncestry.com
 Madelaine Bartlett
Graduate Student – Graduated 2010
Currently: Associate Professor, UMASS Amherst Department of Biology
Tanya Renner
Graduate Student – PhD 2012
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
Currently: Assistant Professor, Penn State University (2017-present)
Ana Almeida
Graduate Student – Fulbright
CAPES Postdoctoral Fellow
Current Position: Assistant Professor, CSU-East Bay

Stephen Yee
Graduate Student – PhD 2015
NSF DDIG / UC Mexus
Graduate Student – Graduated 2017
Berkeley Fellow; Vlamis Research Fellow
Graduate Student – PhD 2019
NSF Graduate Research Fellow; Chancellor’s Fellow; Dissertation Year Fellow
Kali Lader
Graduate Student, MS
Microbiology
Gracie Martin
Graduate Student, MS
Plant Biology
Visiting Graduate Student
Currently: Professor of Botany at the Federal University of Santarém
Visiting Graduate Student – UF Viçosa
 gabrielatorres.bio@hotmail.com

Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Mohammad Reza Dadpour

Visiting Scientist
Professor, University of Tabriz
Visiting Scientist
Miller Visiting Professor
Wagner Campos Otoni
Visiting Scientist
UF Viçosa, Brasil
Visiting Scientist
Visiting Researcher

Undergraduate Researchers

Jennifer Bartlau
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher, Technician
Currently: Graduate Student at Harvard University with Dr. Naomi Pierce.
Andrew Brown
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Running marathons and applying to med school
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR – MEB Honor’s Degree 2016
Hillary Cooper
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Graduate Student at Arizona State University, NSF IGERT Fellow
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR
Office: 510.642.6731
Sara Frayley
Undergraduate Researcher
Claudia Garcia
Undergraduate Researcher
Office: N/A
Shalika Gupta
Undergraduate Researcher
ES Thesis on ENM in Heliconia
Claudia Henriquez
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Graduate Student at Washington University, St. Louis
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: USC Medical School class of 2017
Julie Huston
Undergraduate Researcher
Christina Johnson
Undergraduate Researcher
-received her PhD from Miami of Ohio
-postdoc with NASA
Esther Kim
Undergraduate Researcher
Office: N/A
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: aspiring plant morphologist…
Undergraduate Researcher
URAP
Laura Lagomarsino
Undergraduate Researcher
-PhD from Harvard
-Assistant Professor, LSU
Undergraduate Researcher
Irene Liao
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR – GPB Honor’s and Departmental Citation 2010
-Graduate Student, Duke
Undergraduate Researcher
URAP – MCB Honor’s Degree 2016
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR – GPB Honor’s Degree 2016
Emily Markham
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR
Undergraduate Researcher
URAP & SURF/Rose Hill; Honor’s
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR
Undergraduate Researcher
SPUR
Chris Sangster
Undergraduate Researcher
Stacey Shen
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: USC Medical School class of 2017
Sankar Sridaran
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Medical Student @ Case Western Reserve University
Sarah Starkey
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher
Honor’s MCB
Susana Torres
Undergraduate Researcher
Office: N/A
Debra Wang
Undergraduate Researcher
Yizhuo Wang
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Graduate Student in Public Health, Columbia University
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: Research and quality control at BioRad
Undergraduate Researcher
Amy Wray
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher
Currently: on her way to Med School (class of 2017)
Undergraduate Researcher
URAP
Office: 510.642.6731
Amy Yu
Undergraduate Researcher
Undergraduate Researcher
SMART : GPB/IB 2017
Researcher
Volunteer
-PhD student at UCLA with Felipe Zapata
Undergraduate Researcher
Laboratory Technician and Research Assistant
Currently: NSF fellow with Selena Smith, UMich
Visiting Undergraduate Researcher
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