Dr. Gallavotti earns NSF award for latest research initiative

Andrea Gallavotti, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the Waksman Institute, was awarded a five year grant by the National Science Foundation totaling $976,300. The project titled “Characterizing the role of transcriptional repression in maize development and domestication” seeks to understand how transcriptional repression affects several developmental pathways that regulate the formation of maize reproductive structures. This project will impact undergraduate students and a post-doctoral researcher, providing them with a broad range of genetic, developmental, and genomic skills. High-school students and teachers will also be trained and exposed to the importance of protein interaction networks in biological systems.