Ryan Sartor

Contact info:
Natural Science Building, Room 6320
University of California
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0130
Phone: (858) 534-5569
Email: rsartor@ucsd.edu

About myself:

I am a Ph.D. student in the Biological Science department at U.C. San Diego. My co-advisors are Steve Briggs and Nuno Bandeira. The Briggs lab is part of the biological science department and is interested in studying plant defense with a focus on high-throughput protein quantification using mass spectrometry. The Bandeira lab is part of the computer science department and is interested in advancing the relatively young field of protein mass spec analysis by developing computational methods to analyze mass spec data. My main project involves a recently discovered group of endogenously produced small peptides in maize (ZmPep1-6). Although they are produced by the plant, these peptides elicit a very strong immune response similar to when the plant detects a harmful pathogen. The exact purpose for this pathway is still unknown as are most of the components involved. Using the mass spec resources along with a wealth of plant defense knowledge available from the Briggs lab combined with data analysis expertise from the Bandeira lab, I am undertaking a quantitative approach to measure these peptides in maize recombinant inbred lines in order to better understand how the six different peptides are involved in immunity and also to determine other factors that contribute to this pathway.

My Education:

B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
B.S. Computer Science
Michigan State University


Briggs Lab
Bandeira Lab