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Lesley Mann (Lynch)

Gene Expression of Endophytic Fungi during Benign Plant Colonization and Stromata Development
Mentor: Dr. Christoper Schardl

Leslie's Beckman research proposal can be found at the bottom of this page.

Listen to an interview with Lesley conducted by University of Kentucky President Lee Todd

Lesley entered her studies at the University of Kentucky in 2006 as a Singletary Scholar and was involved in a variety of extra-cirricular activities during her undergraduate career. She served as the President of the Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) and was a member of the Honors Program and the Chellgren Fellows Program. She is a Goldwater Scholarship and Gates Cambridge Scholarship recipient. She received the Raymond Crystal Award of Service in 2007. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Biotechnology from the University of Kentucky in 2010 and went on to receive her Master of Philosophy in Bioscience Enterprises from the University of Cambridge, St. John's College in the United Kingdom.  She currently resides in Dallas, Texas and works as a Journalist for D Magazine, the nation's best selling local magazine.

Lesley in the news

Standout student puts spotlight on UK's undergraduate research
Lexington Herald Leader March 2010

Professional Conference Presentations as a Beckman Scholar:

2009 - American Society of Plant Biologists, Hawaii
2009 - The Genetics Society of America
2009 - IET BioSysBio, Houston, TX

Awards and Noteworthy Achievements as an Undergraduate:

2010 - Gates Cambridge Scholarship
2009 - Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
2008-2010 - President, Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
2007-2008 - Chellgren Fellow
2007-2008 - Raymond Crystal Award of Service
2006-2010 - Otis A. Singletary Scholarship

Awards and Noteworthy Achievements Following Graduation from UK:

Co-founder, Green Composting (independent business)

Research Proposal: