Research Q & A
What’s your hometown?
My hometown is Bloomington, Minnesota.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on improving a method so we can use a cleaved amplified polymorphic sequences (CAPS) assay to determine the cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) synthase genes in Bell Museum Herbarium specimen. Due to their advanced age (with some being almost as old as our state) this has caused some hiccups in getting fruitful data.
How did you get started/what drew you to your area of study?
This area of study is incredibly intriguing to me as it has incredible impact for farmers and the public since cannabis can be made into medicine as well as almost innumerable industrial products from biofuels, plastics, clothing and more!
Why are you focusing your work in that area?
I am focusing on this area of study because the genetics of secondary metabolite production in cannabis has been suppressed due to public policy and stigma.
Where are you working on research/field work?
I am working on my research in St. Paul in the Weiblen Lab in the Bioscience Building and our greenhouse space in the Plant Growth Facility. I have also worked on projects during my degree in Sisseton, North Dakota, Crookston, Morris, Rosemount, and White Earth Nation.