About Us

The UF Space Plants lab is headed by Principal Investigator Dr. Rob Ferl and PI Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul. They are assisted by a team of scientists at various stages of their career from the Horticultural Sciences Department in the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Dr. FerlDr. Robert Ferl

My research interests focus on the regulation of plant gene expression in response to abiotic stress and extreme environments, with particular interest in chromatin structure, genome organization and epigenetic change. Venues associated with spaceflight provide an opportunity to explore plant genomic responses to an environment that is outside the evolutionary experience of terrestrial organisms. This unique platform presents a background by which adaptive metabolisms can be observed as they are crafted to cope with a stress de novo; providing a window into the origins of adaptive processes.

robferl@ufl.edu 

Dr. PaulDr. Anna-Lisa Paul

My research interests focus on the regulation of plant gene expression in response to abiotic stress and extreme environments, with particular interest in chromatin structure, genome organization and epigenetic change. Venues associated with spaceflight provide an opportunity to explore plant genomic responses to an environment that is outside the evolutionary experience of terrestrial organisms. This unique platform presents a background by which adaptive metabolisms can be observed as they are crafted to cope with a stress de novo; providing a window into the origins of adaptive processes.

alp@ufl.edu

Jordan Callaham, M.Ag., Lab Manager

Nicole Biesel, Plant Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Student

Brandon Califar, Genetics & Genomics Graduate Student

Rachel Tucker, Undergraduate

Julie Cromie, Undergraduate

 

Past Members

Aparna Krishnamurthy, Ph. D., Post-Doctoral Associate

Tom Graham, Ph. D., Post-Doctoral Associate

Lisa David, M.S., Biological Scientist

Eric Schultz, Ph.D.

Mingqi Zhou, Ph. D., Post-Doctoral Associate

Collin LeFrois, M.S.

Agata Zupanska, Ph. D., Reseach Associate

Natasha Sng, Ph.D.

Austin Schmitz, Undergraduate

Ana Ward, Undergraduate