I am working with Dr. Lianne Pilon-Smits on two projects funded by the National Science Foundation. For one of the projects, I am comparing accumulation, tolerance, and volatilization of selenium in six different lines of Brassica juncea (5 transgenic lines and one wild type). The five transgenic lines have the enzyme cystathionine-gamma-synthase over-expressed. This enzyme is involved in the pathway of converting selenate or selenite to dimethyl selenide, which is volatile. For the other project, I will be growing seven different lines of plants of different species on soil that is high in selenium to see if there are any differences in accumulation and tolerance of selenium. The goal of both of these projects is to find lines of plants that may be useful for phytoremediation.
To feed my body and soul, I climb rock and mountains, bike, practice yoga,
and dance. I also work as an instructor for the Outdoor Adventure Program here
at Colorado State University, where I teach rock climbing and mountaineering.