The primary research interest of my lab lies in understanding how plant genomes have and continue to be shaped by the environment. My lab leverages a diverse array of tools and a strong multidisciplinary approach, including comparative genomics, transcriptomics, phylogenetics and systems biology, to investigate gene family dynamics, the evolution of novel gene functions, and gene-gene interactions. Our research spans multiple phylogenetic scales from the species-level to eudicot-wide comparisons, but are largely focused on the families Rosaceae and Ericaceae, due to availability of rich genomic resources that are being generated by us and others in the scientific community. We use this approach to also identify markers that can be selected or modified to improve fruit quality, a(biotic) resistances, and yield of strawberry and blueberry cultivars.
"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." - T. Dobzhansky
HRT 362: Applied Crop Improvement (1 credit): Co-taught with Dr. Cornelius Barry
HRT 892: Plant Breeding and Genetics Seminar on "Polyploidy" (1 credit)
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