Michelle Stitzer

Diverse Ecological Strategies Allow Transposable Element Survival in the Maize Genome

University of California - Davis, Ph.D. student


Selected from the Travel Scholarship applications.

Michelle Stitzer is a 4th year PhD student in the Population Biology Graduate Group at University of California, Davis. She studies the population genetics of transposable elements in maize and teosinte in Jeff Ross-Ibarra’s lab in the Department of Plant Sciences. She is interested in using evolutionarily informed approaches to understand the deleterious impact of transposable elements on plant genomes, and how this can be leveraged to understand phenotypic and environmental adaptation.