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Brad Nelms

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Biophysics, Harvard University 2015

B.S. Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics, University of Wisconsin Madison 2008

Research Interests:

My research focuses on understanding cell differentiation during plant reproduction using a combination of experimental and computational genomics. I moved from the biomedical sciences into plant biology after graduate school because I am inspired by the potential of basic plant research to impact food security and sustainability. The long-term objective of the lab is to bend and break existing constraints on plant breeding through knowledge of plant reproduction. We combine mechanistic studies on fundamental reproductive processes, such as pollen development, with the establishment of methods to control these processes and reprogram cell fate. Students and post-docs use a variety of techniques, combining genetics and microscopy with new tools in genomics, such as single-cell RNA-sequencing and high-content cell based screening. I will be accepting rotation students in the fall of 2023 – feel free to reach out if you would like to hear about potential projects.

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