Benjamin James Chadwick

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  • Time Zone
    Eastern

  • Organization
    University of Georgia

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research interests include plant-pathogen interactions, molecular biology, and genetics. As a graduate student, I have worked briefly on studying rice fungal pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae, fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans, and plant bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas Syringae

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I decided I would go into a science career when I was in high school. I have always wanted to ask many questions since I was a child. Eventually, I was asking questions that were difficult for people to answer. I found in highschool during my science courses, that the scientific method is a great way to answer unsolved problems. Learning and discovering new things is one of my greatest experiences in life and this is why I decided to go into a science career.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    My favorite plant is the rice plant because I like to eat rice. Also, rice is great to use for microscopy. I have used a razor blade to cut out rice sheaths and use them for microscopy to track how rice blast pathogen can develop within rice plants. Mostly, I like to eat rice.

  • Profile Question 3
    What lessons have you learned in your career about how science works?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    One lesson I have learned in my science career and how it works, is the importance of making sure your experiment can be replicated. That also means you need to write down exactly what materials you used, and what protocol you followed. If you find an answer to a question but can not repeat your experiment and get the same result, you will not be able to prove this answer and others won't be able to also. Then, your hard work and results meant nothing.Having consistent results that can be replicated also allows for you to improve your methods of experimentation.

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  • Preferred Investigation Themes
    C-Fern in the Open (sexual reproduction, alternation of generations)
    Genetics in Arabidopsis (investigation with a model species to track transmission of traits)
    Foundations of Genetics (traits, variation and environment in rapidly cycling Brassica)
    The Power of Sunlight (photosynthesis and respiration)
    Agronomy Feeds the World (where does food come from?)

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    2

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