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Katy Larkin
Research Specialist
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Arizona
Tuscon, Arizona

B.Sc. - Michigan State, 1998
Area of emphasis: Horticulture

M.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 2001
Area of emphasis: Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Program


Katy Larkin is a Research Specialist in a plant sciences laboratory that focuses on RNA silencing methods in plants. “My project involves cloning genes into various gene silencing constructs and then evaluating gene expression of the constructs in transformed plants,” explains Larkin, who previously worked with the Scotts Company as a Biotechnology Regulatory Specialist.

Larkin is working in Dr. Richard Jorgenson’s lab in order to broaden her biotechnology experience before returning to the business side of plant biotechnology. "Plant biotechnology is a rather narrow field and job openings may be limited. My job at the University of Arizona is providing me with more molecular biology experience. Taking supplemental classes in business, biomedical science, or pharmacology can open up more job possibilities in the growing number of life science companies.”

“People are the resource that I use on a regular basis,” explains Larkin. “There are many excellent plant scientists in industry and academia. I have found that people are more willing to share their expertise when I mention that I’m a graduate of horticulture and crop science programs at Ohio State and Michigan State. Many people have ties to these outstanding programs.”

“My faculty advisor had the most important impact on my experience as a graduate student at OSU," says Larkin. "Conducting my own research was difficult at times, but my advisor was always willing to discuss my project and offer encouragement. He has been very influential in my career path and I still rely on him for encouragement and advice."

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