Luiza Teixeira-Costa

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  • Time Zone
    Eastern

  • Organization
    Harvard university

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I'M INTERESTED IN PLANT FORM AND FUNCTION, A COMBINATION OF PLANT ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY. MY RESEARCH IS SPECIALLY DEDICATED TO THE BIOLOGY OF PLANTS THAT ARE PARASITES ON OTHER PLANTS. I WORK TO SHED LIGHT ON HOW THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PARASITE CONNECT TO THEIR HOSTS AND WHAT TYPE OF SUBSTANCES ARE TRANSFERRED BETWEEN THE TWO. I'M ALSO CURIOUS ABOUT HOW PARASITIC PLANTS HAVE EVOLVED AND HOW THEY CHOOSE THEIR HOSTS.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Plants are rebellious. They can grow and develop in unpredictable ways, forming roots from leaves, or developing unexpected cells in peculiar plant tissues. They always surprise those that pay enough attention to them.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Rafflesiaceae species, the corpse lilies. These plants live inside other plants, their hosts, and are only visible when they flower, producing the largest flowers in the world!

  • Profile Question 3
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  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    2

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