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.
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.