Mary Washburn

Mary Washburn

What brought you to UGA? Quality of PBio program (top 5 in the US, land grant university, high number of PIs that are doing interesting and impactful research), cost of living, location.

In addition, I had been doing undergraduate research in plants at UNG and my mentor brought me along with her to the Plant Center Retreat. I really liked the dynamic and culture of the students/faculty.

What are your research/study interests? My research interests are plant reproduction, genetics and genomics.

What has been a benefit of being part of IPS?/How did it help you select your program? IPS gave me the ability to rotate in different labs that align with my research interests and the rotations helped me narrow down my research focus. I appreciated all of the advice and guidance I received from my rotation PIs and it helped me gain a clearer view of what direction I wanted to go.

What are your career goals? Upon finishing at UGA, I plan on either working for the government (USDA or NASA) or in an industry position (Syngenta, Corteva, Bayer, etc)

Who is your major professor? Dr. Brad Nelms