George Kapali: Graduate Student
I received my BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Michigan State University (2016). As an undergraduate, I worked with Dr. Gregg Howe on the jasmonic acid defense pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana, assisting in making higher order JAZ mutants to help understand the balance between growth and defense in the system. After graduating, I remained there as a lab technician and studied the effects of rising temperature on the plant-insect interaction.
I started the MCDBN Ph.D. program at UIC in August of 2018 and joined the Shingleton lab in March of 2019. I am training under Dr. Alex Shingleton to become a developmental biologist. My interest lies in the effect of the changing climate and environment on the development of organisms. To this end, I will be using Drosophila as a model organism and utilize the various genetic tools available in the system.