I'm a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Donald Danforth Center for Plant Science in St Louis, MO. I received my PhD in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology from Michigan State University.
My research interests lie at the intersection of genomics and applied agricultural sciences. I am fascinated by molecular and genetic mechanisms underlying important agricultural traits, especially disease resistance.
My current NSF funded research focuses on understanding how domestication has affected the circadian clock and how that, in turn, has influenced disease resistance.
I am also involved in the assembly of a haplotype phased genome for cassava, with the goal of identifying an elusive mechanism for cassava mosaic disease resistance.