Tawni Ann Bull


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  • Organization
    University of California, Davis

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

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    I am interested in crop improvement using biotechnology and tissue culture techniques. With the world population growing and food demand increasing, sustainable farming practices and crops are needed. Molecular genetics has always seemed intriguing to me. It is a constantly evolving field with a vast amount of information waiting to be discovered. Along with genetics, more specifically, I am interested in pathology and improving disease resistance of plants through genetic engineering. My current project focuses on improving resistance to Aspergillus in peanut.

  • 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):
    From a young age I was always interested in science, but it was my first day of biology class when my passion for science manifested. It was then that I knew I wanted to go into biology. Everything about the subject was so interesting to me and I always wanted to learn more. Originally, I wanted to work with animals, but throughout high school my interest began switching to plants, specifically crops. I grew up helping my dad farm and have witnessed the struggle of losing crops to both abiotic and biotic pressures. My current and early formed passion has stemmed from wanting to help farmers like my dad by developing sustainable and resistant crops.

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

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The best part about being a scientist is letting your imagination take you down new paths. A science career is all about coming up with new ideas and testing those ideas. Without new ideas, science wouldn't be advancing the way it is. Being a scientist means running into problems and figuring a solution to those problems. However, it also means continually getting to learn and discover new things. I have been working in a lab for 5 years, and still learn new techniques almost every week. The lab is a great environment for someone who loves to learn.

  • Profile Question 3
    What lessons have you learned in your career about how science works?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    The biggest lesson I have learned while pursuing my graduate degree is not to give up. In science, things fail. It can be intimidating and frustrating, but once you get the result you've been waiting for, all the frustration is worth it. I have learned it takes time to become proficient and something and patience really is a virtue. Scientific discoveries take time, but you learn so much along the way.

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

Recent Posts

Doing Things Ripe Tawni Ann Bull

Hi everyone, 

I hope the projects are going well and everyone is having fun! Is there anything new and exciting anyone would like to share?


fchschattinfall2017 project 6 Tawni Ann Bull

Hi everyone,

I hope the projects are going well. Is there anything new and exciting anyone would like to share?


Doing Things Ripe Tawni Ann Bull
commented on a blog post

Hi Addison, 

Can you be more specific? Do you mean examples of quantitative and qualitative data from my project?


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