Jesus Martinez

University of Washington, Class of 2016
Intended Biology Major

Jesus graduated from Ferndale High School in Ferndale, WA. During high school he was an active member of the Honors Society and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Agricultural Mechanics group. He also volunteered with the local food bank and worked in agriculture.

Education, Honors, and Awards

Research Interests

During the summer of 2012, Jesus conducted research alongside Kelsey Galimba and Dr.VerĂ³nica Di Stilio in the Department of Biology's Di Stilio Lab. The focus of his research was a horticultural mutant of a flowering plant species (Thalictrum thalictroides) called 'Betty Blake.' This mutant species of plant is characterized by external carpels and extra non-petaloid sepals; mutations that resemble a certain class of mutants called B-class Arabidopsis. Jesus' project goal was to determine where the source of these mutations was in the genetic code of 'Betty Blake,' which in turn would help to better understand the differentiation or conservation of carpels, stamen and sepals across differing species of flowering plants.

Jesus continued on as an undergraduate researcher in the Di Stilio Lab through the UW GenOM Project's Undergraduate Research Program during the 2012-13 academic year. In the spring of 2013, he was selected as one of eleven fellows nationwide to participate in a new program called Choose Development! and was featured on the front page of the University of Washington's student newspaper, The Daily! This new program was designed by the Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). As a SDB fellow, Jesus will continue his research project through his senior year in the Di Stilio Lab.

Research Projects

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Lisa Peterson, Director
Gerberding G76
phone: (206)685-2593

Greg Diggs, ALVA Coordinator
Gerberding G76
phone: (206)221-4614

Cheryl Allendoerfer, Research Scientist
Gerberding G76
phone: (206)543-3306

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Box 351202
Seattle, WA 98195

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