Andrea is a PhD student working under Professor Richard Nichols at Queen Mary University of London. In INTERCROSSING, she is part of a collaboration with Professor Rod Snowdon and Habib Jan at the University of Giessen, in Germany, and the agricultural breeding company, NPZ LEMBKE, also in Germany.

Andrea is a Southern California native who completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the University of California, San Diego. During her time there, she worked in Professor Jeff Graham’s lab studying the atmospheric oxygen usage of mudskipper fish at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

She then completed her Master’s degree in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology at the University of Sevilla, in Spain. For her thesis project she worked in Professor Veit Goder’s lab studying the degradation of mis-folded proteins. (Thesis: “The O-Mannosylation and Degradation of Gas1*p is Unaffected by the Luminal Endoplasmic Reticulum Chaperone Co-factors Scj1 and Jem1”)

During her PhD, Andrea will work on improving yield of Canola (oilseed rape) by creating models to predict the performance of possible crosses using next generation sequence data from the potential parental strains.


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