B.S. Colorado State University, Evolutionary Biology
M.S. Colorado State University, Botany
Ph.D. Colorado State University, Bioagricultural Sciences, Weed Science
Dr. Patterson's research program utilizes the most current techniques in genomics to understand the structure and plasticity of weedy genomes and how that plasticity influences the success of weedy species. He is especially interested in how genome rearrangements (i.e. transposable elements and copy number variation) form and are utilized as novel sources of genetic variation for weed adaptation to abiotic stresses. He also works on herbicides and how they affect plant physiology and how resistance evolves on rapid timescales in weedy species.
Meet Our Team
EDNALDO A. BORGATO
B.S University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Agronomy
M.S. University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Weed Science
Ph. D. Kansas State University (Kansas), Weed Science
I’m from the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and found my passion for weed science in college. I am interested in combining basic and applied research to answer meaningful questions about weeds. I’m working under Dr. Patterson and Dr. Burns, investigating EPSPS gene amplification in Italian ryegrass, and population dynamics in troublesome species in Michigan. Outside of work, I do CrossFit, I like cooking for friends, and playing adventure games on my Nintendo Switch.
B.S. Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil), Agronomy
M.S. Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), Weed Science
Ph. D. Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), Weed Science
Hello! I am a Postdoctoral at Patterson's Lab, working in partnership with International Weed Genomics Consortium. I got my Ph.D. in Weed Science at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), supervised by Dr. Aldo Merotto. During my last Ph.D. year, I was Research Scholar at Colorado State University, supervised by Dr. Todd Gaines. My dissertation title was: "Genetic and molecular characterization of barnyardgrass resistant to florpyrauxifen-benzyl and introgression of transgenic glyphosate resistance from corn to teosinte". I have large experience researching weeds, performing large screenings, field trials, and applying molecular biology to investigate herbicide resistance mechanisms.
B.S. Ankara University (Turkey), Plant Protection
M.S Ankara University (Turkey), Weed Science
Ph. D. Ankara University (Turkey), Weed Science
I am a Postdoc researcher at Patterson's Lab. I got my PhD in Weed Science at Ankara University (Turkey), supervised by Dr. Salih Maden. My M.Sc. thesis was about germination biology of oriental larkspur. Ph.D. thesis was about carryover impact of sulfonylurea herbicides on sunflower varieties under drought condition. I am working with Dr. Patterson on the relationship between herbicide resistance and drought stress. Outside of the lab, I like spending time in the kitchen, reading about linguistic and cultural topics, and watching documentaries.
B.S. University of Sargodha (Pakistan), Agriculture-Agronomy
M.S. University of Sargodha (Pakistan), Agriculture-Weed Science
Hi! I am a PhD student enrolled in the Crop and Soil Sciences program, with a primary focus on Weed Science, specifically in the areas of Herbicide Resistance and the Discovery of New Herbicide. I am grateful to be a member of Patterson's lab, with state-of-the-art facilities and an outstanding team of lab members. During my pursuit of an MS degree, my thesis was titled "Efficacy of fenoxaprop-p-ethyl, clodinafop-propargyl, and sulfosulfuron to control Avena fatua L. and confirmation of possible herbicide resistance." In my BS, I completed a research project titled "Management tactics for handling Parthenium hysterophorus in the non-native environment through phytotoxic compounds of local species". My upbringing in an agricultural family has provided me with an intimate understanding of weed management techniques, which has further fueled my passion for research in this field. Outside of my lab, I have a keen interest in sports, particularly cricket, football, and badminton
ALEJANDRA SAAVEDRA ROJAS
B. DINAE University (Colombia), Police Management
B.Eng. UNAD University (Colombia), Environmental Engineering
M.Sc. Monash University (Australia), Environment and Sustainability
I’m a Police Officer and a Ph.D. candidate pursuing a Doctorate degree in Agricultural Sciences at the University of La Salle in Colombia. My research is centered around enhancing the control of illegal coca crops through a comprehensive genetic and epigenetic analysis of Colombian coca plants. It's an endeavor that holds immense significance in our ongoing efforts. I’ve received a prestigious Fulbright scholarship, which has opened the doors to an internship opportunity at Michigan State University. Here, my focus is on delving into the coca plant genome and structural variations. Apart from my lab work, I like to spend my time jogging, hiking and enjoying natural landscapes.
EDUARDO CARLOS RÜDELL
B.S. in Agronomy (IFRS/Brazil).
High School with an emphasis in Agriculture (IFRS/Brazil).
I was born in a family farm in Southern Brazil where we grow soybeans, corn, wheat, oats, and barley. While growing up I learned about the importance and challenges of farming, and develop my passion for agriculture. I completed my BS in Agronomy at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio Grande do Sul State, and did my final internship at the Weed Genetics, Molecular, and Physiology Lab led by Dr. Mithila Jugulam at Kansas State University.
I'm currently in the second year of my MS degree at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, under the guidance of Dr. Aldo Merotto (GUIHE UFRGS research group). My projects are focused on 1) validation and final characterization of barnyardgrass (E. crus-galli) resistance to florpyrauxifen-benzyl (FPB) through metabolization; 2) investigating how the genes responsible for metabolizing FPB respond to herbicide mixtures in resistant and susceptible populations of BYG; 3) recurrent selection of Echinochloa crus-galli with single herbicide SOA or in mixtures, and 4) development of molecular markers for target site resistance in E. crus-galli for a more robust detection of resistance at field level in Southern Brazil. I’m currently working as a short-term student in the Patterson lab exploring different approaches to develop molecular markers for resistance confirmation, and to learn how to use bioinformatics tools focused in weed science studies.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
I am a third year undergraduate student here at MSU. My major is biochemistry/biotechnology with a minor in computational mathematics, science and engineering. I joined the lab late in my freshman year to gain experience early on and help build connections. I currently do mainly bioinformatics work in the lab and have worked on synteny, de novo assembly and smaller projects. I have lived in Michigan all my life, but last year I was able to explore some of South Dakota for a REU program where I was able to work on a bioinformatics based project and present my poster at the South Dakota EPSCoR. Outside of the lab I go to the gym, do yoga, go on walks, paint, play video games, watch anime and hang out with friends.