Roman has been working in the lab since December 2014, having been recruited from the Fall 2014 Plant Morphology course.  Roman is working with Kelsie on the evolution of CUC/NAM genes in the evolution of flower form, specifically testing for its role in the fusion (or lack of separation) of floral parts.  Roman recently received a SMART award and spent summer 2015 in the lab of Dr. Mary Wildermuth, taking his awesome love for plants to a new level!  He recently received a student initiated SPUR to continue working in the Wildermuth lab, investigating plant defense mechanisms using Arabiopsis and powerdery mildew as model systems.