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Finding New Knowledge

Finding New Knowledge

Chase Hudak '17 pipets DNA extracted from Arabidopsis plants.

Researching How Hyp-GALT Enzymes Influence Plant Growth

Junior Chase Hudak, a Biology-Pre Med major, recently began working with Dr. Allan Showalter.

Hudak received a Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund award of $900 for his project, "Phenotypic Characterization of Hydroxyproline-Galactosyltransferase (Hyp-GALT) Mutants with Altered Glycosylation of Arabinogalactan-Proteins in Arabidopsis."

His role is to grow both wild and Hyp-GALT mutant Arabidopsis seeds and then record phenotypic differences—root length, flowering, height, number of seed pods—to examine how the Hydroxyproline-Galactosyltransferase enzymes influence plant growth and development.

He is currently involved in research on the structure of cell walls and the function of Hyp-GALTs, which are responsible for sugar addition to arabinogalactan-proteins.

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