Dr. Dongfang Wang, Assistant Professor of Biology has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $550,000. Her project entitled “The Function and Regulation of Invertase Inhibitors during Early Seed Development in Arabidopsis” will investigate how two invertase inhibitor genes expressed in the endosperm influence the rate of sugar transport into the embryo. The outcome of the project will advance our knowledge on the genetic mechanisms that control seed size, which will be applicable to the improvement of yield and grain quality in crop species. In addition to supporting Spelman students to conduct independent research at the PI’s laboratory, this award will also enhance research capacity and improve undergraduate STEM education through the integration of research and teaching at Spelman College.
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