Principal Investigator

Mike Scanlon

Mike Scanlon, Ph.D.

Mike received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Iowa State University, and did postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley. Mike started his laboratory in the Plant Biology Department at the University of Georgia in 1997, and moved his lab to Cornell in 2005. Besides his research in plant development, Mike also enjoys baseball, and music (folk, roots, blues and classic rock), reading (especially history and other fiction), movies he usually can’t understand, traveling, cooking, eating out, and dogs and cats.


Post Docs

Josh StrableJosh Strable, Ph.D.

Josh completed his Ph.D. research in Erik Vollbrecht’s lab at Iowa State University. His graduate work on the maize yabby genes demonstrated their significance in proper leaf and floral development. He joined the Scanlon lab in March 2016 to continue his interests in plant development. His postdoctoral work will utilize laser microdissection, RNA-seq and genetics to understand the early determinants of ligule development in maize and other grasses. This work at the blade-sheath boundary of the maize leaf has the potential to reveal the genetic makeup of important yield traits like leaf angle. Outside of the lab, Josh is active in art and writing.


Graduate Students

Joe CammarataJoseph Cammarata

Joe Cammarata graduated from Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter College in 2012 after studying the role of RNA transport and RNAi in Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis. Interested by the indeterminate growth exhibited by plants and the genetic mechanisms regulating it, Joe went to study the evolution of such mechanisms at the University of Cambridge, UK, under Dr. Jill Harrison, using the moss Physcomitrella Patens as a model. After completing a Masters degree in Cambridge, Joe returned to his hometown of New York City, where he spent a year tutoring and volunteering at the New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx. Currently, Joe is conducting graduate studies in pursuit of a PhD at Cornell University with Drs. Mike Scanlon and Adrienne Roeder, studying the evolution and cellular dynamics of asymmetric cell divisions in plants. When he’s not in the lab, Joe is likely playing guitar or hanging out with his wife Celine and two dogs Fleet and Scully.


Jack SatterleeJack Satterlee

A Florida native, Jack Satterlee attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in Biology. He was first exposed to research in plant molecular biology as an undergraduate, spending summers in several labs around the country. After graduating he was a lab tech for a year in the Springer Lab at the University of Minnesota where he worked on maize genetics. He then arrived in Ithaca, another cold place, to do his graduate studies in the Scanlon lab. Using a combination of single-cell gene expression analysis and CRISPR/Cas9-enabled molecular lineage tracing, he aims to better understand the contributions of gene expression and cell lineage to plant development using maize as a model. Outside of the lab, Jack loves to read, attempt to ski, travel, and enjoy the outdoors around Ithaca.


Lab Technicians

Brianne ConlonBrianne Conlon

Brianne graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT in 2015 with a BS in Biology. Her love for the outdoors and interest in understanding how things work led to a natural inclination towards the study of plant development. Brianne’s work since joining the lab at the end of 2016 has spanned many systems, including Johnsongrass, tomato, maize, and Arabidopsis. She has had a role aiding many projects in the lab, most recently focusing on comparative approaches to understand the role of the four maize WOX3 genes in leaf development. When not in the lab, Brianne can be found skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, and playing Ultimate Frisbee any chance she gets. Other interests include cooking, traveling, and doing puzzles.


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