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Samantha (Sammi) Surber

Graduate Student
Davison Life Sciences Complex B310
Research Interests:

I aim to understand how sulfate is transported, allocated, and utilized during drought stress in a woody species, Poplar. I will use a reverse genetics approach to produce genetic mutant trees to address this. I specifically will render sulfate transporters nonfunctional, specifically in the woody tissue (xylem).

Selected Publications:

2021 Begin PhD with the Department of Plant Biology with Dr. CJ Tsai, University of Georgia. Research: Understanding how sulfate is transported, distributed, and allocated during drought stress through exploring xylem specific sulfate transporter genes.

2020 Admission to Integrated Plant Sciences Program for a PhD at the University of Georgia

2020 B.S. Biochemistry, University of Nebraska. Research: Understanding how the enzyme SFR2 varied across plant evolution and specifically what the path of cytosol acidification looked like.

Of note:

Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) Fellow - cohort 2022-2025 American Society of Plant Biologists Ambassador 2023

Articles Featuring Samantha (Sammi) Surber

Congratulations to Samantha Surber, a PhD student in the Tsai lab, on being awarded a 2022 Rockey FFAR Fellowship. This three-year fellowship, sponsored by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and North Carolina State University, includes…

Major Professor

C.J. Tsai

Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar

Committee Members

Daniel Johnson

Courtesy Faculty in Plant Biology

External Committee

Dr. Wayne Parrott Distinguished Research Professor of Crop & Soil Sciences at UGA
Dr. Breeanna Urbanowicz Assistant Professor of Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at UGA

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