Forest Ecosystems & Society
339 Richardson Hall
Haiwei’s master's work focused on the feasibility of genetic containment of transgenic trees using zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs). ZFNs are synthetic restriction enzymes which can be designed to generate double-strand breaks in specific gene targets. The goal of her project was to use them to mutagenize the conserved floral development genes — LEAFY and AGAMOUS orthologs in poplar. Haiwei is now changing from a MS to a PhD. She is also involved in field evaluation of transgenic poplars.