Drs. Margaret Young (ECSU) and Daniel Peterson (MGEL)
In 2005, Dr. Margaret Young, an assistant professor at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) and a graduate (Ph.D.) and former employee (postdoc) of Mississippi State University, contacted Dr. Peterson about the possibility of conducting summer research at MGEL. Specifically, Dr. Young was interested in learning about gene isolation techniques that she could incorporate into her plant transformation/tissue culture research. She also wished to bring two of her brightest students along with her so that they could also receive training in genomics. Dr. Peterson, who was familiar with Dr. Young's reputation as a first rate educator and researcher, was excited at the possibility of collaboration with her, and submitted a DBI-0421717 supplement request to the NSF Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) to support Dr. Young and her students. The PGRP kindly obliged, and consequently Dr. Young and her students Travis Faulcon and Kaleena Green spent summer 2006 conducting research at MGEL. Specifically, the ECSU contingent learned BAC library construction techniques and participated in study of pine BAC clones containing embryogenesis and self-incompatibility genes.
Drs. Young and Peterson are working to develop this initial collaboration into a long-term MGEL/ECSU education/outreach partnership.