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Emily Indriolo


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  • Organization
    New Mexico State University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    Pollen-pistil interactions in the Brassicaceae. I am interested in how the female plant of a flower is able to accept or reject the male pollen grains. I look at this in the mustard family of plants (Brassicaceae) and work with Canola (Brassica species) and Arabidopsis.

  • Profile Question 1
    What is a typical day like for you?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I wake up early in the morning and either ride my bike or go to the gym. I then come into the office, have some coffee and deal with the morning emails. I spend most of the morning and early afternoon working in the lab with my students. I teach in the afternoon. Between 5-6, I cycle home, eat dinner, work on teaching related things e.g. marking, lecture notes. Then I relax by reading or watching TV.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is tough about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    There are two parts that I find tough in regards to science; 1.) you have to get used to failure as sometimes your experiments won't always work or give you unexpected results and 2.) learning to deal with rejection (papers will need more experiments or revisions), criticism (in regards to improving your science). To be successful you have to deal with these things positively.

  • Profile Question 3
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    I decided that I wanted to be a molecular biologist when I was 12. I started working in a molecular biology lab when I was 19 during my undergrad and I have been doing this ever since then. I got interested in molecular biology as a result of science olympiad in middle school as I participated in the biology event at the time and I just knew that I wanted to do molecular biology.

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  • 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?

Recent Posts


Hello team!  So sorry for the slow reply, I have been very busy with work and I had write an exam and another lab for this week.  Your early results look exciting!  How frequently are you checking your plates?  Here is a suggestion, when you take a picture of your plant seeds also include a ruler in the picture.  That way you will have a scale bar in your picture.  With that I can point you to some software that you could use to measure your seedling radicle and eventual roots as well.  You can then trace a set length with the ruler and then use a trace tool to measure your root length.  Really cool eh?

I'll try to respond to your updated data a little faster this week!




Hello team!  Glad to hear your updates.  Sounds good so far.  Where are you going to place your petri dishes?  You will want to make sure that they don't dry out between your sprays with your water and different pH samples.




Hi team!  Great to hear from you.  I have a few comments in regards to your experimental design and set up.

First off, I think you can use a better description of your treatments; normal pH water would actually be a control with a pH of 7.0.  You need to determine what the pH of your "medium" and "high" samples will be and how to measure it.  Please think of how you could make your experiment understandable to your classmates.

Now your hypothesis states the role of toxins in the developing/germination seed.  But you are simply changing the pH of the water.   Please take a quick look at this page that explains pH

If you have more questions please get back to me. 




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