OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Lu, Haiwei

Position Type: 
Graduate Student
Department: 
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Degree Sought: 
PhD
Office Location: 

339 Richardson Hall

Major Professor: 
Research Interests: 
  • Biotechnology
Bio: 
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.