Ghadeer Bukhari

Ph.D. Student in Integrative Life Sciences

Email: bukharigf@vcu.edu

Background

  • M.S. Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • B.S. Department of Science and Education, King Abdulaziz University

Research Interests

I am interested in the evolution of floral symmetry in pentapetalous angiosperms, and the role of developmental mechanism and pollinators in shaping the floral morphology. I am also interested in using next generation sequencing methods to discover candidate genes for control dorsal and ventral identity of zygomorphic flowers of Schizanthus (Solanaceae).

Joon Kim

Ph.D. Student in Intergrative Life Sciences

Email: kimj229@vcu.edu

Background

  • M.S. Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University 

  • B.S Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Richmond

Research Interests

I am studying the role of CYC2-like genes of the CYC/TB1 clade of the TCP family on evolution and development of species in the Solanaceae family. I am trying to determine the role of two paralogs of CYC2, which formed in the common ancestor of Solanaceae, in floral development of Solanum lycopersicum, and Nicotiana obtusifolia using virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) method. I am also interested on Evo-Devo study of Solanum rostratum, by performing quantitative expression of CYC2 genes to test if CYC2 gene involved in the evolution of floral zygomorphy in this species.