Colleen is a Plant Biology graduate student working in the Friesen lab. Colleen earned he BS in Biochemistry at Allegheny College in Meadvile, PA. She is interested in understanding how plants and microbes trade resources in the rhizosphere. Her current projects include exploring mechanisms of partner selection in clover, characterizing genomic diversity of rhizobial populations, and mathematical modeling of the carbon-nitrogen trade between legumes and rhizobia.
She is a member of the BEACON Center for Evolution in Action, the Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability program, and the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program at Michigan State. After graduate school, Colleen plans to pursue a career in agricultural biotechnology focused on increasing agricultural output and sustainability through plant-microbe interactions.