2022 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winners

Each year, ASPB’s Women in Plant Biology Committee makes travel awards to enable early career women investigators to attend the Plant Biology conference. The goal of the competitive process that underpins the Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA) program is to increase the attendance of early career women investigators at Plant Biology meetings by providing travel funds. Applications are open to scientists who are within the first five years of their appointment in academic faculty-level positions, government research positions, or industry research scientist positions, as well as experienced postdocs. Selection is based on the science and quality of the abstract submitted, relative to the applicant’s amount of time as an early career investigator; a statement describing why their travel should be supported; and financial need.

Seven women were selected this year, and each will receive a $1,000 award to travel to Plant Biology 2022 in Portland, Oregon (https://plantbiology.aspb.org/). Several of this year’s awardees have also been selected by the ASPB Program Committee to present their research in talks during concurrent symposia.

Congratulations to all of the 2022 WYITA winners!

Laura Arribas-Hernández
University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Principles of mRNA Targeting and Regulation via the Arabidopsis m6A-Binding Proteins ECT2 and ECT3

Carina Collins
Marian University, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Phloem Protein OCTOPUS Is a Novel Negative Regulator of flg22-Induced Signaling

Junghyun Kim
University of Texas, Austin
Warm Temperature Triggers VIL1-Mediated H3K27me3 Accumulation in Arabidopsis

Laura Klasek
Elemental Enzymes, St. Louis, Missouri
Mechanism of Multi-potent Vismax™-Mediated Disease Resistance to Endemic Citrus Greening and Citrus Canker

Katherine Murphy
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Understanding Heat Stress Susceptibility of a Next-Generation Biofuel Crop Using High-Throughput Phenotyping

Sonali Roy
Tennessee State University, Nashville
Genome Wide Association Studies Combined with Chemogenomics and Transcriptomics Provide Insights into GOLVEN Control of Root Lateral Organ Formation

Tingting Xiang
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Cnidarian–Symbiodiniaceae Symbiosis Establishment Is Independent of Photosynthesis

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