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Alexis Assante

Undergraduate Researcher
Alexis spent the summer of 2018 as an undergraduate researcher in the BSI Scholars Program studying flavonol production across plant tissues. She is now conducting pulmonary research at National Jewish Health in Denver.
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Alice Backes da Rosa

Visiting Researcher
Alice, a graduate student with Dr. Loreta Frietas at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) visited the lab in the spring of 2018 and worked to identify for scent genes in petunia transcriptomes with support from NSF-DEB 155314.
Andrea Berardi

Andrea Berardi

Postdoctoral Researcher
Andrea examined the genetic and biochemical changes associated with convergent origins of white flowers in Iochroma and its relatives from 2014 to 2016 with support from NSF DEB 1257541 . She is now studying the evolution of floral traits in Petunia with Prof. Cris Kuhlemeier at the Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern in Switzerland.
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Justin Berl

Undergraduate researcher
Justin conducted research on phylogenetics of Iochroma in the spring of 2013.
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Hanna Biagini-Lee

Undergraduate Researcher
Hanna worked on adding red-flowered taxa to the Solanaceae family phylogeny as a CU BURST student from 2013 to 2014. She currently works in finance in San Francisco.
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Dylan Carter

Undergraduate researcher
Dylan worked on several molecular and biochemistry projects in the lab as a UNL UCARE student from 2012 to 2013. He was a technician in Sabrina Spencer's lab at CU Boulder and is currently in medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
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Rachel Coburn

Undergraduate researcher
Rachel was a member of the lab from 2011 to 2015. She was an NIH-INBRE scholar and received a Goldwater Scholarship for her work on the genetic basis of color polymorphism in Iochroma calcyinum . Her honors thesis research was published in the American Journal of Botany in 2015. She is currently a medical student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
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Kaixin Cui

High School Student Researcher
Kai joined our lab while she was a junior at Fairview High School in Boulder. She studied phylogenetics and biogeography of the charasmatic genus Cestrum , and her work was supported through an NSF RAHSS award. She is now an undergraduate here at CU Boulder, majoring in chemical engineering.
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Kathy Ding

High School Student Researcher
In the summer of 2015, she studied the history of duplication and psuedogenization of the flavonoid-3'5'-hydroxylase gene in Iochrominae with support from NSF DEB 1257541 . She is now an undergraduate at UC-Berkeley.
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Brandan Dinkelman

Undergraduate researcher
Brandan conducted research on Solanceae phylogenetics in spring and summer 2013 as a UNL UCARE student. He is now an analytical technician in the Department of Food Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Julia Dupin

Graduate Student
Julia completed her PhD in 2017, and her dissertation research focused on the fascinating Datureae clade, which comprises Datura , Brugmansia and a new genus Trompettia . She is now a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Guillaume Besnard at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Toulouse, France.
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Juan Florez

Undergraduate Researcher
Working with Chelsea, Juan conducted research on the role of pollination in triggering the developmental of the inflated calyx in Physalis in the spring and summer of 2019 and presented his results at Botany 2019 in Tucson.
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Jaquelin Garcia

High school student intern
Jackie was an Upward Bound Math and Science summer intern in 2013, and she worked on sequencing the F3H gene from Iochroma with support from NSF DEB 1257541 . She completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at UNL, researching algal biofuels in the lab of Wayne Riekhof with support from a McNair scholarship, an NIH-INBRE scholarship, and the UCARE program. She is now a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Daniel Gates

Graduate Student
Dan hails from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and completed a BS and a Master's degree at Iowa State University with John Nason. His work in the Smith lab focused on tracing the history of hybridization in Iochroma as well as the evolutionary genomics of floral color and the diversification of plant transcription factors. He is now a postdoc with Jeff Ross-Ibarra.
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Shelly Gaynor

Undergraduate researcher
While she was an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida, Shelly came to Boulder to work as an REU student with Rob and Julienne on their NEON community phylogenetics project during the summer of 2016. She is now a graduate student in the Soltis Lab .
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Hannah Ghasemi

Undergraduate Researcher
Hannah worked with Julienne, Rob, and Will on the phylogenetic community project. She is now pursuing a PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at UCSB.
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Jessica Gloe

High School Student Researcher
While she was senior at Nederland High School, Jessica conducted phylogenetic research on the lovely and diverse genus Cestrum during the summer of 2015 with support from NSF DEB 1256678 . She is now an undergraduate at the University of Washington Seattle, doing neuroscience research in the Dhaka Lab .
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Randi Griffin

Research Technician
Randi was a research technician in our lab from 2010 to 2011 before earning a master's degree in data science. She now works as a data scientist for Kayak.
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Daisy Guiza Beltran

High school student intern
Daisy was an Upward Bound Math and Science intern who worked on the phylogeny of red-flowered Solanaceae during the summer of 2013 with support from NSF DEB 1256678 . She is now a junior majoring in microbiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and she is doing research in the laboratory of Dr. Limei Zhang in Biochemistry.
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Nina Gustafson

Undergraduate Researcher
As part of the Petunieae project, Nina worked with Julienne in developing and delivering the curriculum for our summer CU Upward Bound modules for two summers. She graduated from CU with a degree in EBIO and obtained ar teaching license in Secondary Science Education science education. She now teaches 7th grade biology!
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Ashley Hamilton

Undergraduate Researcher
Ashley is completing her biology degree at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Before coming to the lab, she conducted research on seagrass genetic diversity, limpet biogeography, and landscape genetics of prairie plants! As an REU student with support from NSF DEB 155314, Ashley spent the summer of 2019 investigating carotenoid genes associated with flower color variation in Petunieae.
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Hannah Hartung

High school student intern
Hannah did research on the evolution of the F3'5'h enzyme in Iochrominae in the summer of 2014 with support from NSF DEB 1257541 . She also worked with Deane Bowers here in EBIO and is now a graduate student with Matt Hare at Cornell.
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Winnie Ho

Postdoctoral Researcher
Winnie studied the molecular evolution of anthocyanin pathway genes in Iochroma from 2013 to 2014 with support from NSF DEB 1257541 . She is currently an NSF Math-Bio postdoc in the lab of Jeff Riffell at the University of Washington.
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Danny Jackson

Undergraduate Researcher
Danny worked on the phylogeny and floral phenology of Cestrum with support from CU's BURST program and an NSF REU supplement from 2013-2014. After graduating, he was a research technician with David Lowry at MSU and then for Scott Taylor here at CU. He is now a graduate student in Kevin McGraw's lab at ASU.
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Lexi Kantor

Undergraduate Researcher
Lexi came to the Smith lab with an interest in plant biodiversity, pollination ecology, and species coevolution. She completed an honors thesis in 2018, working on reproductive biology in Physalis in collaboration with Chelsea. She is now working as a consultant at Environmental Management and Planning Solutions here in Boulder.
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Nicholas Kelly

Undergraduate Researcher
Nick joined the Smith lab in 2017, where he pursued his interests in floral phenology and studied crossability within the Iochrominae. In 2019, he graduated with an EBIO degree and is now seeking jobs in biology-related fields.
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Keric Lamb

Undergraduate Researcher
Keric worked with Andrea on characterizing sequence variation in flavonoid synthase (FLS) in Iochroma and also developed his own independent research on alkaloids in Iochrominae. After graduation, he completed a BLM internship, spent two years with the Peace Corps, and moved on to graduate school with Laura Galloway at UVA.
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Rob Laport

Postdoctoral Researcher
Rob is an evolutionary ecologist who studies polyploidy and speciation in the creosote bush. Here at CU, he continued his creosote research and collaborated with Nolan Kane to develop genomic tools for using creosote in forensics! Rob is now an assistant professor at Rhodes College in Memphis.
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Max Larter

Postdoctoral researcher
Max's interests lie in evo-eco-physiology, and he studied the predictability of evolution during the loss of flower pigmentation in Iochroma as a postdoc from 2017 to 2019 with support from NSF DEB 1257541. He is now a postdoc at the Naturalis Center in Leiden studying herb hydraulics with Dr. Frederic Lens .
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Mandy Malone

Undergraduate Researcher
She worked in the lab from 2014 to 2015 on the molecular evolution of flavanone-3-hydroxylase with Andrea. She spent the summer of 2015 revising the aroid genus Stenospermation with Tom Croat at MO (through an NSF-REU), and she worked with Erin Tripp in the CU herbarium on floristics of bryophytes in Colorado. She is now doing forestry research in Alaska!
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Annie Miller

Undergraduate Researcher
Annie's project involved creating species distribution maps from herbarium specimens and she also helped to maintain the living collections. She is now pursuing a master's degree in geography at CU-Denver and sells wonderful botanicals here !
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Nathan Muchhala

Postdoctoral Researcher
Nate was a postdoc in our lab from 2011-2013, supported by a UNL Population Biology Program of Excellence (PoE) fellowship, and he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Lauren Nalezny

Lauren Nalezny

Undergraduate researcher
Lauren did studies of petal cell anatomy in the lab from 2013 to 2014, first as a student in Boulder Valley School District Science Research Seminar, and then as an NSF RAHSS intern in 2014. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at CSU and is now a researcher with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Fort Collins, CO.
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Jeffrey Neiman

Undergraduate Researcher
Jeff worked on a variety of projects in the lab related to flavonoid expression and evolution, and his senior project examined light induction of flavonoids in snapdragon flowers. Jeff is now pursuing a law degree at UT-Austin.
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Julienne Ng

Postdoctoral Researcher
As a postdoctoral researcher, Julienne took the lead on two major projects (the evolution of red flowers in Solanaceae and the predictability of color evolution in the Petunieae clade ) and carried out her own NSF-funded project on community assembly in NEON sites . She is now an Education Pioneers fellow working with Seeding Success in Memphis while continuing to work on the NEON project.
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Khoa Nguyen

Undergraduate Researcher
Khoa worked with Rob on investigating biogeographic patterns in the desert plant, creosote bush, using genetic markers from 2015 to 2017. He is currently a research assistant in the Wang lab at the CU Cancer Center and is planning to apply to med school next year.
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Latifa Obaidi

Undergraduate researcher
Latifa studied the evolution of anthocyanin pigmentation genes in Iochroma with support from UCARE and NSF DEB 1257541 . She presented her undergraduate thesis work as a poster at the 2013 SMBE meetings in Chicago, and she is now a medical student at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Jessica Persinger

Undergraduate Researcher
Jessica worked on several projects in the lab, including phylogenetics of red-flowered Solanaceae (with support from NSF DEB 1256678) and community phylogenetics of NEON sites. She is now a Master's student with Mitch Cruzan at PSU, studying gene flow and dispersal in prairie plants.
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Nathaniel Pinson

Undergraduate researcher
Nathaniel was a student in the CU BURST program during 2015-2016 school year, and he worked with Julienne and Rob on the NEON phylogenetic community assembly project.
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Vivianna Sanchez

Undergraduate researcher
Vivianna spent the summer of 2016 working as an REU student with Rob and Julienne on their NEON community phylogenetics project and subsequently completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Mount St. Mary's University, where she is now a staff instructor.
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Kevin Thirouin

Undergraduate Researcher
Kevin grew up in the Mountain West and has a deep interest in both science and education. In the Smith Lab, he worked on multiple science education projects, including our work with CU Upward Bound and curricular development for undergraduate plant courses. He graduated with a degree in EBIO in 2019 and is now a graduate student with Dr. Pat Kociolek .
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Richard Thomas

Undergraduate researcher
Richard assisted with studies of pigment distribution and evolution in Solanaceae in the lab from 2012 to 2013. He is now a medical student at the University of West Virginia.
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Cathryn Toomey

Undergraduate Researcher
With funding from the CU BURST program, Cat conducted research on molecular phylogenetics of Cestrum during the spring and summer of 2015. She currently conducts research on cancer drugs in the Liu Lab at CU-Boulder.
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William Weaver

Undergraduate researcher
Will worked with Julienne and Rob on their phylogenetic community assembly project and continued onto graduate school in Stephen Smith's lab . Learn more about Will on his cool website !