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
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.
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. 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.
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.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Hello! I am a second year undergraduate student here at MSU. My major is biochemistry/biotechnology with a minor in agronomy. I joined the lab to gain experience early on and help build connections that will be needed later on in my journey. I hope to eventually work on a biofuel to replace fossil fuels but for now I am learning the basics. Outside of the lab I go to the gym, I read books, play video games, watch copious amounts of anime and hang out with friends.