Genomics Post-doctoral Research Associate
Michigan State University
Department of Plant Biology
Welcome to my web page! I am a research scientist in the field of genomics and bioinformatics and I am excited about using the latest genomic techniques to understand the biology of plants. I am currently a post-doc at Michigan State University where I am working on several genomic research projects including QTL mapping in switchgrass, population genomics of Panicum hallii, pooled sequencing and developmental RNA-seq in monkeyflower. In my PhD work at Cornell University (Geber lab), I used quantitative genetic approaches to study the influence of local adaptation on the formation of geographic range boundaries in the california wildflower Clarkia xantiana. I also used transcriptomics and high-throughput genotyping to understand rapid adaptation to soil acidification and aluminum toxicity in wild sweet vernal grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum) at the historic Park Grass Experiment (Harpenden, UK) and in the species introduced US range. As a postdoc I have also used whole genome sequencing to study genetic convergence in the evolution of adaptive flowering time clines in the native and introduced ranges of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana (Stinchcombe lab, University of Toronto). Please click the Research link above for more information and associated publications.