Erin Sparks


  • Postdoc – Duke University, 2011-2017
  • Ph.D. – Cell & Developmental Biology – Vanderbilt University, 2011
  • B.S. – Biomedical Engineering – Northwestern University, 2006

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
Second Address Line: 15 Innovation Way
Newark, DE 19711
Phone: Phone: (302) 831-3428