Claire Mauss

Jinkerson lab: I believe strongly that every person deserves access to healthy, affordable food that does not harm our environment. Using translational, synthetic plant biology, I aim to engineer crops that feed a more just and sustainable future. My graduate research project seeks to address the challenges facing the urban controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry by increasing the variety and value of crops that can be grown in urban CEA via multiplex gene-editing optimization of tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum). In my future career, I plan to continue working to tackle similar food justice issues through the use of cutting-edge synthetic biology tools in the biotechnology industry. By participating in Plants3D’s interdisciplinary program, I hope to collaborate with fellow passionate peers to develop and enhance my present and future research and ideas.