Scott D Russell


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  • Organization
    University of Oklahoma

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research is on genetic expression during flowering plant sexual reproduction.

  • 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 was interested in science from before first grade and constantly learning , taking home books, memorizing what I thought I needed to. Unlike a lot of kids, I taught my parents the constellations and stars in first grade. My dad checked out a book and found out I was right. During grade school my teachers often asked me to do some of the teaching. When I found out I could do that for a living, I thought that was great.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    I learned that the two sperm cells of the flowering plant Plumbago zeylanica were different in all sorts of ways including lots of characteristics from gene expression to cytoplasmic organelles and that one specific cell was destined to fuse with the egg cell and the other to jump-start the formation of the endosperm. I created the concept of the male germ unit where both sperm cells were physically associated with the tube nucleus of the pollen to form a functional unit for reproduction. This plant also lacks synergids, which in almost every other flowering plant receive the pollen tube and transfer the male gametes to the egg and central for fertilization. These functions appear to be transferred to the egg and central cell.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Staying funded and surrounding yourself with other interesting scientists!

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

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

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