Associate Professor, Biology
B.S., University of Arizona, 1994
M.S., Michigan State University, 1996
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2000
DOE Plant Research Laboratory, East Lansing, 2000-2002
The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, 2003-2008
My laboratory is exploring two distinct avenues to understand biofuel-relevant aspects of plants. (1) We are mapping transcription circuits that regulate growth and cell wall polymer biosynthesis. (2) We are at the forefront of developing a new model system for energy crops, Brachypodium distachyon, and have pioneered use of the microbe Clostridium phytofermentans to measure biomass feedstock quality. By combining these two systems, we seek to characterize natural genetic diversity for biofuel traits and determine the functional role of plant genes that confer improved biomass yield and quality.