Erin Sparks

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Erin Sparks

Associate Professor of Plant Molecular Biology

Office location:
Delaware Biotechnology Institute
590 Avenue 1743, Room 301
Newark, DE 19713

Resources and links


  • 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.