Identifying Natural Biopesticides One Molecule at a Time
Dr. Gwinn has an extensive background in plant pathology and a passion for chemistry. Dr. Gwinn’s research focuses on biopesticides produced by plants and microorganisms and their ecological interactions within a biological system. The Gwinn lab strives to understand how bioactive molecules give plants, fungi, and microorganisms a competitive edge in the environment.
Dr. Gwinn strongly believes that undergraduate research provides students with the essential tools needed to continue furthering their education and to find the aspects of science for which they are passionate about. She is the Program Director of two Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates, REACH and Explore BiGG Data. Dr. Gwinn teaches a graduate-level course on Biopesticides and two undergraduate courses for Herbert College of Agriculture Honors students. She was the Herbert College’s first Undergraduate Research Coordinator and was named its first Outstanding Research Mentor.
Aside from research and teaching, Dr. Gwinn loves spending time with family and friends. She and her husband are looking forward to traveling after the pandemic.
1. How do bioactive molecules give plants, fungi, and microorganisms a competitive edge in the environment?
2. How can bioactive molecules be used to control plant disease and insects?
3. How does undergraduate research impact student career and graduation goals?