People

Principal Investigator

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Rachel M. Penczykowski, Assistant Professor
Pronouns: she/her/hers
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Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Coffea arabica (coffee)
2. Brassica oleracea (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc…)
3. Helianthus annuus (sunflower)
Twitter: @RachelPenczy
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Lab Manager

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Carrie Goodson
Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Adiantum raddianum (maidenhair fern)
2. Brugmansia (angel trumpet)
3. Welwitschia mirabilis
Email: cgoodson@wustl.edu

PhD Students
(EEPB program at WashU)

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Mahal Bugay
B.S. 2019, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA)
Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Ginkgo biloba
2. Mangifera indica
3. Lavandula spp.
Email: mbugay@wustl.edu

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Quinn Fox
B.A. 2019, Biology, Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA)
Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Chasmanthium latifolium (inland sea oat)
2. Paeonia suffruticosa (peony)
3. Tsunga canadensis (Eastern Hemlock, Pennsylvania’s state tree)
Twitter: @QuinnFox19
Email: qfox@wustl.edu

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Philippa Tanford
B.S. 2016, Biology, Duke University (Durham, NC)
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Quercus alba (white oak)
2. Bryophyta (mosses)
3. Sequoiadendron giganteum (giant sequoia)
Twitter: @ptanford
Email: ptanford@wustl.edu

Undergraduate Students

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Austin Chen
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Major: Biology (class of 2020)
Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Ananas comosus (pineapple)
2. Lupinus texensis (bluebonnet)
3. Prunus serrulata flowers (cherry blossoms)
Email: austinchen@wustl.edu

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Selaam Dollisso
Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Major: Environmental Policy, Minor: Korean (class of 2022)
Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Matricaria chamomilla (chamomile)
2. Persea americana (avocado)
3. Tagetes spp. (marigold)
Email: selaam.dollisso@wustl.edu

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Elly Grant
Hometown: Columbia, Missouri
Major: Biology (class of 2020)
Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Diospyros virginiana (American persimmon)
2. Nymphaea thermarum (world’s smallest water lily)
3. Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum)
Email: ellygrant@wustl.edu

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Imani Jones
Hometown: Hazel Crest, Illinois
Major: Chemistry (class of 2022)
Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Rosa species (roses)
2. Theobroma cacao (chocolate)
3. Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)
Email: imani@wustl.edu

Taewon Lee
Email: taewon.lee@wustl.edu

Michelle Pollowitz
Major: Biology, Minor: Spanish (class of 2021)
Email: mpollowitz@wustl.edu

Armando Sanchez-Conde
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: Environmental Biology & Political Science (Class of 2022)
Email: amsanchez-conde@wustl.edu

Akosua Sarfo
Email: kos.sarfo@wustl.edu

Former PhD Rotation Students
(EEPB program at WashU)

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David Henderson
Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Echinocactus texensis  (Texas horse-crippler cactus)
2. Ceiba pentandra (ceiba tree)
3. Gynura procumbens (longevity spinach)
Thesis Advisor: Jonathan Myers
Email: hdavid@wustl.edu

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Rhiannon Vargas
Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Sophora secundiflora (Texas mountain laurel)
2. Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
3. Citrus x meyeri (Meyer lemon tree)
Thesis Advisor: Gautam Dantas
Email: rcvargas@wustl.edu

Former Undergraduate Students

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Jack Steffy
Major: Anthropology, Global Health track

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Rachel Fan
(Pictured with a leaf of her favorite plant, Plantago lanceolata.)
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Major: Biology (class of 2019)
Top 3 favorite plants besides Plantago:
1. Citrullus lanatus (watermelon)
2. Orchidaceae (orchids)
3. Salix babylonica (weeping willow)
Email: rachelrfan@wustl.edu

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Emma Waltman
Hometown: Hopewell, New Jersey
Major: Biology, Minor: Art (class of 2019)

Tyson Field Crews

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Summer 2019 Tyson Undergraduate Fellows (L-R): Selaam Dollisso, Emma Waltman, Elly Grant, Laura Goh, and Taewon Lee.

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Summer 2019 (L-R): Bernadette Bergman, Taewon Lee, Emma Waltman, Laura Goh, Elly Grant, and Quinn Fox. Pictured with Plantago lanceolata inside pollination bags in the hoop house at Tyson.

Summer 2019:
Selaam Dollisso (Wash. U. in St. Louis)
Laura Goh
(Wash. U. in St. Louis)
Elly Grant (Wash. U. in St. Louis)
Taewon Lee (Wash. U. in St. Louis)
Emma Waltman (Wash. U. in St. Louis)

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Summer 2018 Plant Disease Team (L-R): Sheena Stevens, Sabrina Talir, Rachel Penczykowski, Austin Chen, and Arjun Puri.

Summer 2018:
Austin Chen (Wash. U. in St. Louis)
Arjun Puri
(Wash. U. in St. Louis)
Sheena Stevens (Univ. Missouri St. Louis)
Sabrina Talir
(Mount Holyoke College)