Following the fire at Maclewane, the Miller Lab has been in transition mode. We spent the first several weeks following the fire working primarily out of the library and herbarium of the Missouri Botanical Garden. We are feeling especially grateful to the garden for the emergency support provided this summer and will continue to work there on a number of ongoing, collaborative projects. We are also grateful for our friends and colleagues at the Danforth Center for opening their doors to us, and to Saint Louis University for helping to set up this terrific arrangement. The Danforth Center is an impressive institution in St. Louis, whose broad research goals focus on sustaining the planet through crop development, improvement, and environmental efficiency - or, as they say, “improving the human condition through plant science.” Their mission aligns with much of what our lab strives for in our own research, from assessing perennial characteristics in legumes to analyzing phenotypic adaptations in grape scions and beyond. We are thrilled to call the Danforth Center home for the next year, and to be a part of this collaborative and innovative research environment. Plus - coffee and lemonade breaks everyday at 3? I think we’ll survive. Allison and lab members Laura and Emma have made their move out to the temporary office and lab space, and they will be joined shortly by PhD students Sterling, Joel, and Zach, with regular visits from post-doc Claudia (who is primarily based at the Missouri Botanical Garden). Saint Louis University undergraduate students Niyati Bhakta and Olivia Weigl have also been working at the Danforth this summer. Check out photos of the beautiful space below. Blog post contributed by Emma Frawley.
Miller Lab members