Headshot portrait of Katherine Murphy - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2012 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Chemistry (biological option)
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Virginia Walbot, Professor of Biology and Lynette Cegelski, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Katie Murphy is a rising sophomore and chemistry major from Oregon. This summer she researched corn plants in Dr. Virginia Walbot’s lab in the biology department. In a collaboration with Dr. Lynette Cegelski’s lab in the chemistry department, Katie utilized NMR as a means to analyze the cell wall compositions of different mutants to learn more about anther development in corn plants. Apart from her enthusiasm for science and plants, Katie enjoys tap dancing and the outdoors.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 27, 2012:

Understanding Maize Anther Development Using Solid State NMR

Katherine Murphy1, Rachel Egger1, Lynette Cegelski2, Virginia Walbot1
[Departments of Biology1 and Chemistry2, Stanford University]