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April Wynn
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

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Departments: Biology
Office: Schaefer Hall 258
Email: anwynn@smcm.edu
Phone: 240-895-4372

Education:


B.S. in Natural Science – McMurry University

M.S. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education – Texas A&M University

Ph.D. in Genetics – North Carolina State University

Courses Taught:

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology

Research Interests

  • Plant Genetics
  • Plant Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Transcription Regulation 

With the global emphasis on agricultural production and food sustainability I want to focus my research on examining the intersection of genetic networks for seed formation with response to environmental stresses. Seeds arise from the carpel margin meristem, a reservoir of multi-potent stem cells, in the center of the gynoecium, or female reproductive structure of the flower. Transcriptional regulatory hierarchies control the formation of ovules, or seed precursors. Examination of these regulatory networks is ongoing in the plant model organism, Arabidopsis thaliana. Using this model system, I want to understand the role of environmental conditions including: drought, temperature, and day length have on affecting the levels of genes involved in this hierarchy, and ultimately how these factors affect ovule development. 

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