Sheldon Lawrence, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Kacy Gordon, Ph.D.
I completed a BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Hampton University in 2012 and a PhD in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Florida in 2018. During my undergraduate studies I was a scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Education Program. Here I worked in the Genomics and Biotechnology laboratory of Professor. Edison Fowlks and conducted research in the areas of Metagenomics and Synthetic Biology. Upon graduation, I began a one-year Postbaccalaureate Research and Education Program at Virginia Tech. While at Virginia Tech I worked in the Plant Pathology laboratory of Professor John McDowell. There I studied the plant pathogen Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis (Hpa) and the mechanisms that the effector RxL10 uses to suppress immunity in Arabidopsis. For my doctoral studies, I worked in the lab of Professor Sixue Chen at the University of Florida. My dissertation work focused on the elucidation of redox signaling in plant stomatal guard cells during plant innate immunity.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral research scholar working in the lab of Kacy Gordon in the Department of Biology. In the Gordon lab, we study the interaction between the germ cells and somatic support cell of C. elegans. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how niche- adjacent cell help to regulate niche function and how stem cell help to shape their niche, and addressing these questions using techniques of cell biology and developmental genetics. During my time as a SPIRE scholar I am looking forward to gaining teaching and mentoring experience that will be instrumental in my success as an academic researcher helping to diversify the area of biology.
Introduction to Biology I – Johnson C. Smith University