Jack Satterlee


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  • Organization
    Section of Plant Biology, Cornell University

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I'm interested in plant development, specifically the role of the shoot apical meristem (SAM). The SAM is a small but important tissue at the tip of the shoot and is responsible for generating the above ground portion of the plant. In general, the SAM has two main functions which are (1) the maintenance of a population of stem cells and (2) the controlled production of lateral organs, such as leaves. My work so far in graduate school has focused on the genetic control of SAM maintenance in maize (corn). Using a combination of molecular biology and microscopy techniques, I am hoping to identify additional regulators of SAM maintenance.

  • Profile Question 1
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    Never lose your sense of curiosity and ability to ask questions! While getting good grades and having a strong work ethic will help in a scientific career, it's essential to ask good questions. So be curious and question everything whether it's an interpretation of scientific data or what's reported on the news.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Sometimes experiments just don't work or someone solves a problem before you have the chance to, which can be frustrating. Many people focus on the 'eureka!' moments in science but there is also a lot of failure involved. Any honest scientist will admit to having their share of difficulties. But failure, while perhaps frustrating, is not always a bad thing. Rather, it's the way we learn and move forward so that one day we can make that big discovery.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    While I love working with maize, my favorite plant is the humble skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus. Not only does this plant smell terribly to attract fly pollinators, it is also one of the few plants able to produce heat! The heat is used to help release the odor compounds in the flower. They produce so much heat that snow surrounding the flowers in the early spring melts away. Pretty remarkable!

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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?

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