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Kristine Cabugao

Environmental and Climate Sciences


Supervising Faculty: David Weston

Broadly defined, Kristine's interests are in plant molecular biology, physiology, and ecology as applied to bioenergy crops. This involves anything from studying genes involved in lignin synthesis to studying the effects of altered gene expression on plant defense and yield to looking at how to incorporate plants’ roles in climate models. Due to the close relationship between plants and corresponding microbial communities, she expects that her research will also touch on some of that field. By the end of her program, she hopes to contribute a better image of how genetic changes radiate out to the whole plant on a cellular, physiological, and ecological level thereby opening doors to new approaches of producing efficient bioenergy crops. During free time, she enjoys photography, various outdoor activities, and meeting up with friends.


Bachelor of Sciences in Molecular Environmental Biology from University of California, Berkeley

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