Kieu-Nga Tran

I graduated from LSU with a bachelors degree in Biological Science in 2015. My passion for science has drawn me into this lab research. I am currently working with three research model plants: Arabidopsis thaliana, Schrenkiella parvula, and Eutrema salsugineum. Schrenkiella parvula (Spa), an extremophyte crucifer found in the shores of the hypersaline lake Tuz of central Turkey, can complete life cycle in the presence of high salt concentrations of Na+, K+, Li+, and borate that are lethal to most plant.  Eutrema salsugineum (Esa), another closely-related halophyte crucifer, shows increased tolerance specific to Na+ salt stress but no different responses to other ion toxicities, compared to the highly salt-sensitive Arabidopsis thaliana (Ath).  Despite of the different evolutionary paths and adaptive strategies, genomes of these three species share ~70% of gene models as homologous and colinear, enabling a three-species comparative analyses.  My goal is to identify different modules of transcriptomic responses of Spa, Esa, and Ath, in responses specifically to Na+ , and Li+ stresses that enable the plants to survive in such unfavorable conditions. Besides school, I'm interested in traveling and learning different languages. Federick Douglass once said: " if there is no struggle, there is no progress."

Kieu-Nga Tran