Prem Chourey, Mentor
Cloning genes using bacteria grown in petri dishes.
Chip Hunter worked in the Crop Genetics unit this summer. His tasks included pollinating corn plants out in the field, running sugar assays to determine the amount of soluble sugars in pollen samples, and cloning corn genes in bacteria cultures in an effort to isolate the genes important in starch biosynthesis required for pollen development.
Setting up a gel electrophoresis to separate DNA according to size.