Understanding the genetic basis of plant evolution

About Me

I am a PhD candidate at Washington University in St. Louis and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. I use a combination of population genomics, quantitative genetics, transcriptomics and phenomics to understand the genetic basis of adaptive traits in wild plants. The goal is to use this knowledge to develop crop varieties that can continue to produce high yields even in the face of extreme biotic or abiotic stress.

My research projects include salt tolerance in the halophytic turfgrass seashore paspalum, fungal disease resistance in weedy rice, local adaptation in white clover, and the evolution of the CLE gene family which plays a vital role in plant development.