Genetics and Epigenetics
The focus of my lab is functional evolution in the plant family Brassicaceae. Currently my group is working to understand how the enzyme telomerase evolved. In addition we are interested in the processes by which long non-coding RNAs emerge and gain...
Taking biophysical, biochemical, genetic and evolutionary approaches, we endeavor to elucidate the molecular mechanism involved in viral DNA translocation and particle morphogenesis with single-stranded DNA Microviruses.
His research centers around the development of new technologies and methods for the analysis of eukaryotes. Recognized as a pioneer in flow cytometry, his contributions have greatly improved our understanding of cell-specific gene expression.
Develop new tomato varieties that are high yielding even under heat stress. Overcoming reproductive hybridization barriers in Brassicaceae model plants so that we can generate tools to break species barrier and generate novel hybrids.
I use a combination of high-throughput phenotyping, genomics, and data science to reveal the genetic architecture of stress adaptive traits that are critical for abiotic stress tolerance.
Research interests include the genetics of plants and the domestication of new crops. Presently emphasizing the development of new/alternative crops suitable for cultivation in arid and semiarid environments.
Our lab is focused on structural and evolutionary genomics of crop plants, and is leading an international effort to generate reference genome sequences for all 24 species of the genus Oryza, which contains the world most important food crop – rice.