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Laboratory Setting and Research Emphasis

Our laboratory provides an interdisciplinary setting to explore biological questions relevant to plant biology and crop improvement and develop knowledge and skills in breeding, genetics and genomics, and computer science and statistics. State-of-the-art facilities and resources enable integrated field, laboratory and computational experimentation. We have well established multi-institutional (national and international) collaborations that aid in networking opportunities.

Broadly, we study the biological basis of naturally occurring, complex trait variation. Current investigations surround two major themes: environmental adaptation and disease resistance. Our aims are focused on discovering and elucidating the functions and mechanisms of genomic variants that give rise to phenotypic variation. In parallel, we are developing novel experimental designs and approaches to achieve these goals allied with the development of germplasm resources for genetics and breeding initiatives.