Florence’s current research is on comparison of transport mechanisms between rice (C3) and setaria (C4) plants with focus on plasmodesmata. This work will involve the implementation of advanced techniques such as electron microscopy and 3D imaging.
Her areas of expertise include large-scale generation and high-throughput anatomical screen of sorghum mutant population, western blotting and gas exchange measurement in transgenic rice population, and fluorescence microscopy techniques for immunolocalisation work in rice and maize.
Florence holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City (2007) and a Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna (2013).
She was awarded the Lee Rice Foundation Scholarship and the ANU HDR Merit Scholarship.