Michelle Blackwood


Finding regulatory motifs in the Solanum Lycopersicum genes

Student Researcher: Michelle Blackwood

Faculty Advisor: Sofia Visa (Computer Science)

(research performed at Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center-OARDC)

Transcription factor binding sites (motifs) are small portions of proteins that are homologous to regions in other proteins. To date, such motifs of genes in the Solanum Lycopersicum (tomato) have not been discovered. This research seeks to find potential transcription factor binding sites (promoters or motifs) of genes in the Solanum Lycopersicum plant with the hope that this will give insight into those genes that are similarly regulated.