Bessie L. Splitt

Research Specialist
phone: 608-265-5295


I’m working in the Spalding lab again, returning as a seasoned veteran after six years of employment in industry after working here during my undergraduate years. My current lab work is with the Phytomorph project, in particular I’ve been working with high resolution imaging of maize kernels for use as part of a pipeline of maize studies we are working on with our colleagues in the Settles lab at the University of Florida.

Outside of the Phytomorph project I am committed to bringing our lab’s many talents and resources to good use for community outreach, particularly in the K-12 system. I’m always happy to meet and talk about what our lab has done and possible future projects.


B.S. Botany University of Wisconsin 2004


Lewis DR, Miller ND, Splitt BL, Wu G, Spalding EP (2007) Separating the roles of acropetal and basipetal auxin transport on gravitropism with mutations in two Arabidopsis Multidrug Resistance-like ABC transporter genes. The Plant Cell 19: 1838-1850

Academic Work Experience

University of Wisconsin
Research Specialist November 2010 – Present
Undergraduate Researcher January 2003 – December 2004

Industry Experience

Life Technologies, Madison, WI
Scientist February 2006 – November 2010

Monsanto, Madison, WI
Transformation Technician January 2005 – January 2006

Outreach Experience

Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin - Briarpatch June 2006 - Present
Lead Counselor

ARMS (Adult Role Models in Science) January 2004 - Present
After School and Summer School Science Club Facilitator
Madison Middle School Science Symposium Mentor

Madison East High School September 2003 - April 2004
Math Tutor



Spalding Lab

Bessie L. Splitt

I work on the Phytomorph project.

I work with Outreach