Undergraduate Research Program

Dianne Laboy Cintrón

Laboy Cintron, Dianne

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Minor: Quantitative Sciences
Mentor: Takato Imaizumi, Biology; Akane Kubota, Biology

Contact: laboyd@uw.edu

Current research project: Molecular Analysis of Photoperiodic Flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana


Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance

Molecular studies of plants’ seasonal flowering have helped improve crops in agriculture by modulating growth patterns in plants. Plants maximize their reproductive success by adjusting their flowering time according to photoperiods, i.e., changes in the length of daytime. Photoperiodic flowering is induced through the transcription of the CONSTANS (CO) gene. The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding of the transcription of the CO gene and its effect on flowering time.


When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
During high school, I participated in Science Olympiad, where I was encouraged to apply for a summer internship at the University of Washington. From that moment my research journey began at the Imaizumi Lab the summer before my freshman year through the UW GenOM Project. The UW GenOM Project gave an introduction to the world of research giving me hands-on experience in a research lab. Additionally, it prepared me to present my research both locally and nationally.


What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
I would encourage any student that is interested in research to not be afraid to get involved. I know that when I started doing research I was not confident of my own skills, however, research skills are learned along the way with hard work.