Erin Sparks


  • Postdoc – Duke University
  • Ph.D. – Cell & Developmental Biology – Vanderbilt University
  • B.S. – Biomedical Engineering – Northwestern University

Current Courses


  • The Sparks lab aims to understand the development, morphology, function, and molecular regulation of shoot-borne brace roots in maize. The ultimate goal of this work is to match brace roots to their environment and improve plant production. To achieve this goal we employ multi-disciplinary approaches from molecular biology to engineering.

Contact Information Erin Sparks

Assistant Professor of Plant Molecular Biology

Plant and Soil Sciences
Delaware Biotechnology Institute
15 Innovation Way
Newark, DE 19711
Phone: (302) 831-3428