Victoria Yell works in the Li lab describing lignin deficient Arabidopsis mutants. This work has broader implications for bioenergy production, as the presence of lignin in plant cell walls makes fermentation of biomass into ethanol fuel challenging. However, these lignin deficient plants also experience severe dwarfism. Her work focuses on describing the molecular mechanisms involved in the dwarfing of these plants.
Lead Advisor: Dr. Sirius Li