My name is Eric Patterson. I graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) in 2009 with degrees in Zoology and Biology. I then received the fellowship in the Program in Molecular Plant Biology (PMPB) to attend CSU as a Ph. D. student. After three rotations, through Bio-Agricultural Sciences, the National Center for Germplasm Research & Preservation and Biology, I found a place here in the Pilon lab. My research revolves around my interest in light and electron microscopy and applying these tools to answer questions relevant to copper transport and homeostasis. I also currently work on visualizing lignin in poplar and the effects copper deficiencies have on lignin distribution in stem and root tissue. In my free time I enjoy snowboarding, camping, playing music and most of all my pet rabbits.