Phillip Rushton is a graduate student with both Dr. Nicholas Carpita and Dr. Cynthia Stauffacher in the Department of Biological Sciences, where he studies the structure and function of plant cellulose synthase and cellulose synthase-like protein domains. Originally from Cicero, Indiana, he developed a passion for botany through leisure gardening and greenhouse management. He received his bachelor’s of liberal arts degree in Biology from Wabash College. Phillip is an active member of the C3Bio Center for the Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels. He owns two beautiful Siberian huskies and enjoys hiking, camping and skijoring (weather permitting) with his dogs. Phillip also enjoys tending to his large indoor tropical plants and aquascaping his freshwater community fish tank.