Michelle Keller is a biology major interested in plant pathology. She intends to pursue a PhD, and wishes to conduct research focused on the results of interactions of plant cultivars and their fungal and bacterial associates. Michelle hopes her future work will contribute to agricultural endeavors that seek to avoid the use of soil degrading chemical pesticides and petroleum-based fertilizers, by encouraging farming practices that allow plants to utilize resources available to them from their mycorrhizal and bacterial partners. Her goal is to promote plant health, which she believes will have positive ecological effects while producing higher quality food for human and animal consumption.
Currently, Michelle spends time working in Dr. Joanna Matos' lab, assisting with C. elegan research. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, bicycling, hiking, camping, mushroom collecting, and huckleberry picking.
Dr. Robin O'Quinn, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, EWU
2012 TRiO McNair Research Internship
phone: 509.359.6200 (campus operator)
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