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Morgan Carter


Graduate Student

Plant Science Building, Room 423


August 2014– present, PhD student; Plant-Microbe Biology, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University

2011-2014, B.S., Biochemistry, North Carolina State University

Graduate Advisor: Adam Bogdanove

Research Focus

My projects cover a diverse group of plants and microbes and their molecular interactions with each other. The element that ties my projects together are effector proteins, which are secreted into the host by a pathogen and interact with the host cell in some way. My primary work is on identifying and characterizing secreted proteins of Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordeii. Additionally, I am interested in the molecular mechanisms of transcription activator-like effectors (TAL effectors) in novel systems as well as the specifics of their interaction with DNA in vivo.

Professional Experience

  • Fall 2015 Teaching Assistant  – Foundations of Biology (BIOG1140)
  • Summer 2013 – Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular Biology; Advisor – Dr. Coleen Murphy
  • Fall 2012 – Fall 2013 Teaching Assistant – Introduction to Biochemistry (BCH451)
  • Academic Years 2011-2014 – Plant Biology Research Assistant; Advisor – Dr. Margaret E. Daub
  • Academic Year 2011-2012 - Biotechnology Independent Project; Advisors – Dr. Susan Carson and Dr. Eric Miller
  • Summer 2011 – Synthetic Biology Research Experience for Undergraduates; Advisor – Dr. Margaret E. Daub

Awards and Honors

  • August 2014 - Presidential Life Sciences Fellowship
  • May 2014 - H. Robert Horton Award – Outstanding Undergraduate in Biochemistry
  • May 2014 - Honors in Biochemistry
  • May 2014 - College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Honors Program
  • May 2014 - NCSU University Honors Program
  • May 2013 - North Carolina Biotechnology Center Undergraduate Biotechnology Research Fellowship
  • March 2013 - Goldwater Scholar

Elected and Appointed Offices

  • May 2015 – Present – Treasurer, PPPMB Graduate Student Association
  • October 2012 – January 2014 – CALS Senator, NCSU Student Government; Academics Committee Chair

Professional Societies and Working Groups

  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society