Christy Gault
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
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Inclusion of underprivileged in science
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My research question:
◦ How does the sorbitol dehydrogenase enzyme
affect corn kernel development?
My specific aims:
1. To test if sorbitol dehydrogenase activity triggers
changes in kernel development.
2. To investigate whether sorbitol also acts as a
signal molecule in development.
3. To determine the conservation of the SDH
signaling pathway across several grass species.
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