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David Payne

Graduate Student David Payne

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has always been interesting to me because the in-depth study of biological processes can aid the discovery of methods to improve human health. My undergraduate education tool place at Oklahoma Christian University, where I graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. I am currently a second year graduate student in the BMB department and am currently doing research with Dr. Peter Hoyt in pursuit of a Master's Degree. Most of this research involves the bioinformatic analysis of bacterial phenotypes and related genomic elements. I have been studying the usage of programming languages such as Python and R as well as the operation of new bioinformatics software such as Pyseer. After pursuing a Master's Degree, I plan to enter the PhD program and being working with Dr. Sunkar on the bioinformatic analysis of plant responses to stresses such as drought, nutrient deprivation, and pathogen infection. By analyzing how plants differentially regulate genomic elements such as mRNAs and miRNAs, we hope to obtain a better understanding of how plants respond to stress in order to engineer more robust varieties for the future.

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