Rachael Hamby

Jin lab: My desire to be involved in research goes beyond making fundamental discoveries. In the face of worldwide population growth and climate change, we are tasked with growing more food than ever, in less space, with ever-increasing abiotic and biotic threats to plant health. To complicate matters, public distrust in science, particularly toward genetically modified organisms, must be combatted at every turn to make way for new technologies. With training in translating basic research into industrial applications and science communication, it will be easier for me to effectively deploy my discoveries and knowledge to help ensure food security in the future. I hope to translate findings and insights into plant-pathogen systems into tools easily integrated into crop protection strategies. Participation in Plants3D will give me the skills needed to develop collaborations with engineers and synthetic biologists who can aid my efforts.