People

Yongjian Qiu, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Mississippi (2019-)
Assistant Project Scientist, University of California-Riverside (2015-2019)
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University (2011-2015)
Ph.D., Washington State University (2011)
B.S., University of Science & Technology of China (2006)

Contact: yqiu at olemiss.edu

Graduate Students

Abhishesh Bajracharya

Graduate Student (joined in May 2020)

Abhishesh completed his B.Tech (Biotechnology) degree from Purbanchal University, Nepal, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. His research in the Qiu lab focuses on thermomorphogenesis in the model dicot Arabidopsis thaliana.

Contact: abajrach at go.olemiss.edu

Anupa Wasti

Graduate Student (joined in January 2022)

Anupa completed her master’s degree in biology (Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Currently, she is interested in plant thermal response and its molecular mechanisms due to temperature variations.

Contact: awasti at go.olemiss.edu

Ranjeeta Odari

Graduate Student (joined in January 2022)

Ranjeeta completed her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and master’s degree in Biotechnology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Molecular biology is her major field of interest and she aims to continue her research experience as a Ph.D. student in plant molecular biology.

Contact: rodari at go.olemiss.edu

Undergraduate Students

Eden Bayer

Undergraduate Research Assistant (joined in September 2019)

Eden is a junior at the University of Mississippi pursuing a B.S. in biology and a minor in environmental studies. After her undergraduate studies, Eden hopes to attend medical school and aspires to become a medical missionary and provide healthcare to those who cannot afford traditional treatment. 

Alyssa Stoner

Undergraduate Research Assistant (joined in January 2021)

Alyssa is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi pursuing a B.S. in Biology. She plans to attend graduate school after graduation.

Shaunna George

Undergraduate Research Assistant (joined in September 2021)

Shaunna is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi, pursuing a B.A. in Biological Sciences and minoring in Chemistry and Military Science. After graduation, she plans to go to medical school and become a physician or gynecologist for the United States Army.

Savannah White

Undergraduate Research Assistant (joined in January 2022)

Savannah is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi, pursuing a B.A. in biology major and a chemistry minor. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and aspires to become an emergency physician.

Lilla Reed

Undergraduate Research Assistant (joined in January 2022)

Lilla is a junior at the University of Mississippi pursuing a B.A. in Biology with a minor in chemistry. After college, Lilla plans to attend medical school with hopes of becoming a surgeon.

Paul Horn

Undergraduate Research Assistant (joined in May 2022)

Paul is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi pursuing a B.A. in Biology with minors in chemistry and psychology. He plans to attend medical school after graduating.  

John Suares

Undergraduate Research Assistant (joined in May 2022)

John is a sophomore student pursuing a B.A. in Biology with minors in chemistry and psychology. After Ole Miss, he hopes to attend medical school and return to Mississippi to practice medicine.  

High School Students

Michelle Le

High School Scholar (will join in June 2022)

Michelle is a senior at Oxford HS, Mississippi. Recruited from the ARISE@UM program, she will be assisting graduate students with the thermomorphogenesis project in Arabidopsis.

Mairin Sakata

High School Scholar (will join in June 2022)

Mairin is a senior at Windermere Preparatory School, Florida. Recruited from the ARISE@UM program, she will be assisting graduate students with the thermomorphogenesis project in Arabidopsis.

Abhinav Naidu

High School Scholar (will join in June 2022)

Abhinav is a senior at Delbarton HS, New Jersey. Recruited from the ARISE@UM program, he will be assisting graduate students with the thermomorphogenesis project in Arabidopsis.

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