NSF-REU CHINA RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 

JOANNA KUKLA

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

NANJING FORESTRY UNIVERSITY

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY

SUMMER, 2012

 

 

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY

 

AAMU REU-CHINA

 

NANJING FORESTRY UNIVERSITY

 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

 

NSF-REU

 

Introduction

I applied for this REU China program through Alabama A&M University in March of 2012 as a sophomore at Michigan State University. This program interested me because it offered an opportunity to travel and do research in a country that is one of the worlds top economic superpowers and also holds scientific research as a top priority in the universities. My time working in China also allowed me to experience their very unique and rich culture. Together with seven other undergraduate interns, I traveled to many different cities around China including: Shanghai, Nanjing, Beijing, Siyang, and Yangzhou. We spent the majority of our six week trip in Nanjing doing individual research projects at Nanjing Forestry University.

 

My Research

I conducted research in a Genetics and Molecular Biology lab under Dr. Li-an Xu. I worked directly with Ph.D student, Mr. Zhangwei Wang and his research with Camillia chekiangoleosa. This species is used greatly in China to produce Camillia oil. His study consists of gene cloning and transformation of genes involved with the fatty acid biosynthetic pathway of this plant.

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 

CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

 

RESEARCH PAPER

 

PHOTO GALLERY

 

MENTOR

 

PRESENTATION

 

PERSONAL INTERESTS