I am a 2nd year IQ biology student from Shenzhen, China. I am now an EBIO student in Smith’s Lab working on carnivorous plant evolution. Currently, I am working on resolving the phylogeny of the South American Marsh Pitcher plant genus Heliamphora. I am starting to work on analyzing the gene expression data from the pitcher, where digestion of prey occurs, and try to detect molecular convergence with distantly related carnivorous plant taxa. IQ biology helped me in my research by providing me opportunity to do rotations in different labs in different fields, which ultimately influenced my PhD research topic a lot.
Sukuan received a BA degree from Colorado College and majored in Organismal Biology and Ecology. He is rostered in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is advised by Dr. Stacey Smith. Sukuan rotated with Dr. Stacey Smith in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dr. David Pollock in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at Anschutz Medical Campus, and Dr. Steve Schmidt in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.