Oluwatoyosi Adaramodu (Lisa)
University of Pennsylvania
Biology (School of art and sciences)
PI: Brian D. Gregory
I am currently studying bulliform cells, which are a type of plant cell that help plants cope with environmental stress, such as drought. These cells are found in the leaves of grasses and cereals, and are responsible for the characteristic ""bending"" or ""wilting"" that occurs when these plants are subjected to drought conditions.
The study of bulliform cells is important for food security because they play a vital role in the survival and productivity of crops that are critical to human nutrition, such as wheat, rice, and corn. By understanding the mechanisms by which bulliform cells help plants cope with drought and other environmental stresses, we can develop new strategies for improving crop resilience and yield in the face of these challenges. Additionally, the study of bulliform cells can provide insights into the evolutionary history of plants and how they have adapted to different environments over time, which can inform the breeding and cultivation of new crop varieties that are better suited to a changing climate.
How Oluwatoyosi got interested in the botanical sciences:
I am a plant biotechnology graduate from a Nigerian university and am currently pursuing a PhD in the field at the University of Pennsylvania. My interest in plant science began when I participated in a three-month Plant Biotechnology training program at the National Biotechnology Development Agency in Abuja, Nigeria. During this program, I was able to gain practical research experience and learn various botanical techniques. This experience eventually led me to pursue a Master's degree in the field at the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in China. Before this opportunity, I had believed that the limitations of STEM education in Africa, including a lack of funding, and practical research opportunities, would prevent me from pursuing a career in this field. However, the training program helped me to see that it is possible to overcome these challenges and follow my interests.
Oluwatoyosi's advice for those just starting their botanical journey:
Stay curious: The field of botany is vast and constantly evolving, so be sure to keep an open mind and a thirst for knowledge. There is always more to learn, so don't be afraid to ask questions and seek out new resources.
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