I’m Andrea Wills, and in real life I’m a postdoctoctoral research fellow in the genetics department at Stanford. My PhD is in molecular and cell biology, but I don’t actually study plants professionally; my research is about how cells decide what to become during embryogenesis, and I mostly work with frogs, but sometimes mouse or human cells.
I did work briefly as a lab tech in an Arabidopsis lab at UC Davis, so my botanical cred is maybe not toooo bad, but my dirty little secret is that I’m far better at learning about plants than I am at growing them myself. Don’t make me draw the Calvin cycle, I’ve forgotten it.
When I’m not in lab or poking at plants, I’m likely to be out for a run, or hanging out in my kitchen making baked goods while my husband (the chemist) cooks real food. Occasionally I’ll take a stab at botanical illustration, and if I come up with any relevant drawings I’ll post them on here.
Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear what you think, either in the comments or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org