Hello, my name is Kelsey Wood and I am a PhD student in the Integrative Genomics & Genetics Graduate Group at University of California, Davis.
My research has spanned diverse areas of biology, with most of my undergraduate research in behavioral genomics and neuroscience and my postgraduate research in plant science. My experience in these different fields has taught me that the underlying principles of genetics cross kingdom boundaries. I am amazed at the ways that different organisms, using the same basic genetic building blocks, are able to display such an incredible diversity of traits.
My career goal is to be a PI in Genomics research, specifically plant genomics, and use my research to bridge the gap between basic and applied science to increase crop productivity and work towards ending world hunger and malnutrition. Many of our favorite crops are threatened by disease epidemics, and I believe that understanding the mechanisms of plant pathogenesis holds the key to protecting our plants against these threats.
I believe that science communication is critically important to ensure funding for research and to propagate the broader impacts of research to the community. I am active in K-12 outreach and I hope to encourage the next generation, especially women and underrepresented minorities, to pursue careers in STEM.
Please see my research page for more details on my current projects and contact me if you have any questions.
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