Sloan Foundation Indigenous Graduate Partnership

Melissa Johnson (Oneida Nation)

Master's Student

Field of Study:     Tree Biotechnology

Hometown:          Oneida, Wisconsin

Education:            2009 - Associate Applied Science Landscape Horticulture Technician
                             Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College

                             2011 - B.S. Agriculture with an emphasis in Tropical Horticulture,
                             Certificate in Plant Tissue Culture, University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI

Research Focus:   Genetic transformation of green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
                              for resistance to Emerald Ash Borer

Major Advisor:       Dr. Paula Pijut, Forestry & Natural Resources

Professional Organization Membership:

       American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES), Purdue Chapter

       Hardwood Tree Improvement & Regeneration Center (HTIRC)

       Native American Student Association (NASA), Purdue University

Honors, Grants, Awards and Activities:

       Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship Recipient






Melissa Johnson

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featuring Darryl Reano

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featuring Mike King

Contact Information:

Ken Ridgway, Ph.D., (Lenape)
Faculty, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science 
Phone: (765) 494-3296

Kevin Gibson, Ph.D.
Faculty, Botany and Plant Pathology
Phone: (765) 496-2161

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation