Renner Lab, Spring 2019

Left to Right: Mark Porter, Chloe Drummond, Arthi Bala, Adam Rork, Kylie Bocklund, Katie Nolan, Tanya Renner

Current Personnel

Tanya Renner

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology

Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, IGDP in Plant Biology


Kylie Bocklund
Laboratory Manager

Kylie Bocklund joined the lab in July 2018 as our lab manager! Kylie is an alumni of Michigan State University and brings with her expertise in next-generation sequencing.


Chloe Drummond
Postdoctoral Researcher

Chloe Drummond joined us in August 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher! Chloe is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Dr. Ken Sytsma’s lab and her research has focused on North American disjunct plants. She brings expertise in phylogenomics, phylogeography, and disjunct biogeography. Read more about Chloe’s research interests here.


Adam Rork
Ph.D. student

Adam Rork joined the lab for his Ph.D. studies in August 2017. Adam most recently came from Maryville University, where he studied Amorphophallus titanum floral volatiles with Dr. Kyra Krakos. See an article on his past research here.


Katie Nolan
Ph.D. student

Katie Nolan joined the lab in August 2018 for her Ph.D. studies! Katie completed a Master of Science at Eastern Michigan University in the lab of Dr. Maggie Hanes, where she studied Sarracenia pitcher plant microstructure and comparative morphology.


Arthi Bala
Undergraduate Researcher

Arthi Bala (Eberly College of Science, Biology) joined the lab in Fall 2018 as an undergraduate researcher. She is especially interested in bioinformatics, molecular evolution, and phylogenetics.


Mark Porter
Undergraduate Researcher

Mark Porter (College of Agricultural Sciences, Plant Sciences) joined the lab in Fall 2018 as an undergraduate researcher. His interests lie in plant genetics, evolution, and horticulture.


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Lab Mascot

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Lab Alumni

Zachary Johnston
Undergraduate student researcher
In Fall 2017, Zach headed to UC Irvine to begin his Ph.D. studies with Dr. Adriana Briscoe.


Nicholas Elliott
Undergraduate student researcher
Nick will begin the STEM Cell Internship Program at SDSU in Fall 2017.


Emma Longmire
Undergraduate student researcher
In Summer 2017, Emma is headed to UCSD for the Partnership Scholars Program.