Current lab members
Yaowu Yuan (Assistant Professor)
Before coming to UConn, Yaowu worked as a Postdoc on the genetic basis of floral trait variation with Dr. Toby Bradshaw at the University of Washington (UW, 2011-1013), and transposable elements and plant genome dynamics with Dr. Sue Wessler at the University of Georgia (UGA, 2009-2010). Before that he trained in plant molecular systematics with Dr. Richard Olmstead at UW (2004-2008) as a graduate student. And before that he studied everything (or nothing) towards a Bachelor degree at Sichuan University (China, 2000-2004). Even before that he had played in the muddy rice paddies and vegetable gardens in a remote agricultural area in central China for 17 years, without a single clue that he was going to study science. Outside of the lab, he enjoys reading, sport fishing, roller-skating, playing table tennis and card games.
Janelle Sagawa (Research Assistant)
Janelle grew up in Washington State, and graduated from University of Washington (Seattle) with a B.S. degree in 2012. During the first two years of her undergraduate studies, she worked on the developmental genetics of Arabidopsis stomata patterning in Dr. Keiko Torii's lab. After a short break, she started working on the genetic bases and developmental mechanisms underlying Mimulus floral trait diversification with Yaowu in Dr. Toby Bradshaw's lab, first as an undergraduate research assistant, then as a lab technician. She moved to UConn in the fall of 2013 and continues working with Yaowu on Mimulus. In her spare time she likes running, hiking, and exploring the wilderness of Connecticut.
Dominika Bajguz (Undergraduate)
Dominika is currently a UConn junior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is keen to work on plant genetics and is particularly interested in transposon-mediated activation tagging in Mimulus. Outside of the lab she competes for the UConn woman's rowing team, and she enjoys reading and running.
Matthew Strobel (Undergraduate)
Matt is currently a UConn junior majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a Minor in Microbiology. He is interested in research that takes a genetic approach to understand phenotypic evolution, and in particular, he is curious about the genetic basis of flower diversification. Outside of the lab he ski races for UConn, and enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities in New England.
Chang Liu (Volunteer)
Chang holds a Bachelor degree in Biology from Sichuan University (China), and a Master degree in Plant Systematics from Idaho State University. She is our super-capable volunteer. She enjoys working with Mimulus plants in the greenhouse and helps us in seed planting, genetic crossing, transgenic screening, and many other greenhouse tasks.