Lab members

Chris Oakley - PI

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology and the Purdue Center for Plant Biology at Purdue University. I recieved my B. S. in Botany from the University of Washington, and my M. S. and Ph. D. degrees in Biological Science at Florida State University, followed by a postodoctoral position in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University. I am broadly interested in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics.

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Brandon Garver, Undergraduate research assistant, 2016

Kattia Palacio-Lopez, Postdoc 2017-2018 - now a postdoc at Ohio State University

Inam Jameel, Technician 2017-2018 - now a PhD Student at the University of Georgia

Rebecca Deater, Undergraduate research assistant, 2017-2019 - now at IU Health Arnett

Caylie Leclercq, Undergraduate research assistant, 2017-2018 - now at Corteva

Hsiu-An Chou, Undergraduate research assistant, 2017-2018

Alex Dowden, BTNY 498 research credit, 2017

Brian Sanderson, Postdoc 2018-2019 - now a staff computational scientist at The Jackson Laboratory

Josh Kraft, Technician 2018, Graduate Student 2018-2019 - now a PhD Student at Purdue

Jacob French, Undergraduate research assistant, 2018-2020

Saira Ahmed, Undergraduate research assistant, 2018-2019

Parker Caldwell, Undergraduate research assistant, 2018-2019

Christina Gallick, Independent research & undergraduate research assistant, 2019-2021 - now a research technician at University of Illinois Urbana_Champaign

Isabelle Turner, Independent research & undergraduate research assistant, 2019-2021 - now a research technician at Michigan State University

Azolla Ralson, Undergraduate research assistant, 2019 & 2021

Madylin Schaider, BTNY 498 research credit, 2021

Lab Alumni

Gwonjin Lee - Postdoc

Gwonjin received his B. S. in Biology and M. S. in Botany from Konkuk University in South Korea, and his Ph. D. in Biology from Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. He is broadly interested in genetic and physiological mechanisms of plant adaptation to dynamic environments, and is currently working on genetic regulation of the costs and benefits of cold acclimation in contrasting environments.

Juan Diego Rojas Gutierrez -

PhD student

Juan Diego recieved his B. S. in Biology from Universidad Icesi in Colombia. He is interested in working on the genetic basis of heterosis.

September 2017 - K. Palacio-Lopez, R. Deater, C. Oakley, C. Leclercq, A. Dowden, I. Jameel

Alex Wassgren -

Undergraduate research assistant

Alex is working on a B. S. in Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology. She joined the lab in Fall 2019.

Tatyana Soto - MS student

Tatyana recieved her B. S. in Biology from Mills College where she did a thesis comparing genetic diversity in two species of Streptanthus with contrasting forms of rarity. She maintains an interest in how plant population distribution and mating systems influence genetic diversity and inbreeding depression. She is currently working on indbreeding depression and the maintenance of outcrossing in cleistogamous species of Ruellia.


March 2019 (Partial lab photo) - C. Gallick, J. Kraft, C. Oakley, B. Sanderson, R. Deater, I. Turner, and J. French. Photo by Tom Campbell, Purdue Agriculture Communications

Jo Will -

Undergraduate research assistant

Jo is working on a B. S. in Forestry with a concentration in Forest Management. She joined the lab in Spring 2021.