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Current lab members

Kayla Clouse (M.S. student)

I’m a Master’s student who is interested in the relationship between plants and microorganisms, specifically how microorganisms can be utilized to grow stronger and more resilient crops. Outside of the lab I enjoy listening to music, DIYing, and vegetable gardening.

Ceyda Kural (Ph.D. aspirant)

I am a PhD student interested in plant microbe interactions, as well as phenotypic changes across environmental gradients. I’m originally from Houston Texas, and outside of the lab I enjoy thrifting and antique shopping, as well as reading and fostering orphaned kittens.

Tokee Tareq (Ph.D. aspirant)

Tokee joined our lab in January 2020.

Nichole Ginnan (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Nichole earned her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at UC-Riverside in 2020 and joined the Wagner lab last September.

Maggie R. Wagner (PI)

I’m a plant biologist who is interested in the genetics and evolution of complex traits, plant-microbiome interactions, and phenotypic plasticity. When I’m not doing science I love hiking, gardening, and playing + watching hockey.

A very cute sleeping Akita mix whose tongue is poking out of her mouth


Position: Lab security
Research interests: Allometry of canine
tongue size and mouth capacity

A very goofy lab-pit bull mix running joyfully toward the camera in a grassy field


Position: Lab lab (mix)
Research interests: Cuddles

A beautiful tortoiseshell cat with her paws on a laptop


Position: Lab typist
Research interests: X-chromosome inactivation; Patterns of attention-seeking behavior in adult tortoiseshell cats

Wagner lab alums

  • Matt Kolp (postdoc, 2019-2020). Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, U. Tennessee Knoxville