Welcome to the Ballerini Lab!

Dept. of Biological Sciences 

Sacramento State University



AUGUST: The POPOVICH paper about a gene controlling nectar spur development in Aquilegia finally came out! Check it out in PNAS: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2006912117

AUGUST: Well, it wasn’t Alaska as planned, but Maria, Soda, and I still managed to get out into the field in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. The columbines had pretty much finished flowering, but we got to see a few in flower and Maria practiced taking nectar measurements near Upper Morgan Pass Lake at > 11,000 feet in elevation. Woot woot!

JULY: A great showing by the Columbine Crew at the Botany 2020 Virtual Conference! Amazing talks by Molly and Minya! So many amazing other talks from and interactions with people from around the world!

APRIL: CONGRATS to Maria on writing an AWESOME Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) proposal that was funded! Now we just have to figure out how to do some research when we can’t do fieldwork or work in the lab… #pandemicpause

MARCH: The SARS-Cov-2/COVID-19 pandemic puts the lab on hiatus. Keeping fingers crossed that we can still make some collecting trips this summer, otherwise it’s going to be slim pickings throughout the next academic year. Stay safe and healthy and keep up that physical distancing!

JANUARY: Welcome to the first three Hornets to join the Ballerini Lab at Sac State! Cyrill Castro (Comp. Sci., ’20), Jesus Landin (Bio. Sci., ’20), & Maria Alcaraz (Bio. Sci., ’21)!!

JANUARY: Many many thanks to Nathan for helping me build Silver, the Ballerini Lab data crunching machine! Nathan has taught me so much about computing from the hardware, to the software, to the coding. Hoping to pass that knowledge on to students at Sac State! Check out those bomb @$$ mouse pads!


OCTOBER: Went to the Hornet Homecoming Game with fellow first year Biological Sciences faculty Prof. Clint Collins and Prof. Erin Olsan. 

Final Score

    Montana        22

    Sac State      49

Hornets for the win! Stingers UP!

SEPTEMBER: Got some sweet custom columbine stickers made by the women of Microbes and Beyond (clearly columbines are part of the Beyond). You can request some here.

AUGUST: Finally, a publication. I almost forgot what that feeling was like. This manuscript is foreshadowing for bigger things to come… stay tuned!

Ballerini et al., 2019  Comparative transcriptomics of early petal development across four diverse species of Aquilegia reveal few genes consistently associated with nectar spur development. BMC Genomics 20:668. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12864-019-6002-9

AUGUST: Farewell Santa Barbara, Hello Sacramento! The Ballerini Lab gets its start at Sac State - Stingers Up!




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