Carl Simmons

330 North Orchard Street, Room 2235D-1
Madison WI 53715
Preferred pronouns: he/him/his
Joined WID: 2021

Epigenetic mechanisms in plants and computational biology.


Carl grew up in southeast Wisconsin and completed his undergraduate in Genetics & Genomics at UW-Madison in Spring 2020. He entered the Genetics PhD program at UW-Madison in Fall 2021 and is interested in epigenetic mechanisms in plants and computational biology.


BS, Genetics & Genomics, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Research Description

During his undergraduate career, Carl gained experience in the lab of Dr. Jean-Michel Ané (UW-Madison) where he conducted research on plant-microbe symbioses and under Dr. Carla Margulies (LMU-München) where he investigated the response of cellular secretory capacity to starvation in Drosophila. After graduating, he worked at the Cereal Crops Research Unit of the USDA in the lab of Dr. Marcus Vinje where he conducted DNA methylation research on lys3 mutants in barley.

Looking forward, Carl would like to focus his research on applying an understanding of epigenetic regulatory systems and computational biology to focus on protecting and improving the production of important agricultural products around the world.