Trezalka Anna Budinsky

I earned my bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolution from the University of Pittsburgh in 2022. During my undergrad, I fell in love with botany and engaged in various plant science research projects, including studying transposable element (TE) variation in invasive species and investigating the impact of ploidy and mating systems on pollination niche breadth in Brassicaceae. After graduation, I continued my involvement in plant science research and spent a year examining the geospatial distribution of sex chromosome polymorphisms in Fragaria

With a growing interest in epigenetics and a drive to develop my skills in bioinformatics, I joined the Plant Reproduction Evolution Lab as a post-baccalaureate researcher. Here I will investigate how genomic imprinting affects gene regulatory networks during endosperm development in Arabidopsis lyrata and A. arenosa. Additionally, I am excited to delve deeper into the world of TEs, as they may play a key part in the story of genomic imprinting.

Outside of science, I enjoy hiking and observing plants in nature, spending time with family and friends, and reading a good book.


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