Collin Juurakko

Post Doctoral Fellow, Biology

I completed my B.Sc. in Biochemistry at Queen’s followed by my M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biology focused on molecular genetics under Dr. Virginia Walker and Dr. George diCenzo where I worked on the model crop Brachypodium distachyon and their endogenous antifreeze proteins. My graduate work involved demonstrating novel monocot transformation techniques, proteomics, metagenomics, ice-nucleation proteins, and further characterizing cold acclimation in Brachypodium with the ultimate goal to enhance freezing tolerance in agriculturally significant crops to prevent unnecessary economic losses. Outside of the lab I like to lift and watch movies.