Nichole Ginnan


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  • Organization
    University of Kansas

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I study plant microbes, both pathogens and symbionts. I aim to increase our understand of how microbes impact the health and fitness of plant hosts with the downstream goal of increasing crop production and advancing restoration efforts.

  • Profile Question 1
    Can you describe your attitude toward science when you were in high school?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I have always loved science, but as a first generation college student I did not know about science careers outside of medicine. Later is college, I realized there are endless possibilities in research, and plants/microbes are amazing!

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Exchanging ideas and knowledge! Communication with other scientists and training/informing the next generation is how we advance our field and stay excited about our work.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is the coolest thing you have discovered or learned about plants?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    When plants are stressed (drought/disease) they put out molecular signals that recruits beneficial microbes from the soil.

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

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