This week we welcome 4th-year students Mackenzie and Brandon to the lab as they start their Honours Thesis projects. Mackenzie will study the molecular evolution of a family of Raf-like kinases and Brandon will study a sub-family of E3 ubiquitin ligases. We are very interested in how these important signalling enzyme families have evolved in plants. Both projects will contribute to ongoing projects in meaningful ways and learn how to use a variety of plant genomics databases.
Congratulations to Carmen Gonzalez-Ferrer who successfully defended her MSc thesis last week. Carmen's thesis, "Initial characterization of a subgroup of Arabidopsis group VIII receptor-like kinases in immune and flowering time pathways" received excellent feedback from her examining committee and she expertly defended her work. You can read more about her work here.
To celebrate, we met as a group (for the first time since March!) at a local craft brewery. It was great to see everyone and celebrate Carmen's achievement.