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Dr. Heather Marella

Dr. Heather Marella smiling with medium length blonde hair wearing brown rim glasses and a vneck black white and purple print dress with a purple jacket
Professor of Biological Sciences
Science and Mathematics Center, Room 386

BS, Wake Forest University
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
Post-Doc, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Dr. Marella joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences in 2011. Her research focuses on understanding the relationships between plants and other organisms in their environment, specifically nematodes, aphids and fungi. She uses Arabidopsis thaliana as a model organism to investigate the role of plant hormones and mineral nutrients in the interaction through a combination of molecular genetics and cell biology techniques. Additionally, she is collaborating with other scientists across the United States on a project to address the restoration and local adaptation of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and has established an experimental milkweed garden on campus. She highly values mentoring students and maintains an active research group of undergraduate and graduate students.

Area of Expertise
Plant Cell Biology, Plant-Pathogen Interactions