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Briana Lynch

Briana Lynch 312 Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211, USA
(573) 882-8839

Curriculum vitae
Hometown: Homewood (South Suburb of Chicago), IL
Major: Biological Sciences
Project in the lab: Plant secondary metabolites are involved directly or indirectly in the development and ecological function of plants and can be important sources of medicines. The southern African plant, Harpagophytum procumbens (Devils Claw) is used widely in Africa, Europe and the US in medicines to treat musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, pain during childbirth and fever. However, H. procumbens, is currently being over harvested and may become endangered. This has led us to search for other plants in the same plant family (Scrophulariaceae) that produce similar levels of iridoid glycosides, such as Scrophularia lanceolata and S. marilandica, which were traditionally used by Native Americans. However, for iridoid glycosides to be produced economically for medicine, it is essential to have high concentrations of these chemicals in the plant. Some plant species producing iridoid glycosides exhibit increased levels following herbivore damage or abiotic stress. This study focuses on whether increases in iridoid glycosides occur in response to treatment of S. lanceolata and S. marilandica with the caterpillar, Spodoptera exigua, or with methyl jasmonate (MeJA) that replicates induction of plant defense or with other stressors such as drought and intense sunlight.

Research Interests

Cell Biology, Plant Biology, Pharmaceuticals and Drug Delivery


Bachelor degree in progress
University: University of Missouri

Research Assistant
Schultz-Appel Chemical Ecology Lab, University of Missouri
Global Brigades – University of Missouri Chapter