I am now a postdoctoral fellow working in Magnus Nordborg's group at the Gregor Mendel Institute in Vienna, Austria. My PhD work was done in Julin Maloof's Lab at the University of California Davis and have a BS in General Agriculture from Cornell University and an MS in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I studied cold acclimation and freezing tolerance in turfgrass species.
My dissertation work focuses on using quantitative and population genetics to understand natural variation in Arabidopsis thaliana shade avoidance responses. By integrating traditional methods (like QTL analysis) with new approaches (such as whole-genome association mapping), we have identified a number of candidate genes and naturally-occurring polymorphisms that could be underlying phenotypic variation. My current efforts are centered on validating these candidate genes as well as on refining and expanding our association mapping analyses.
Depending on the weather, I'm doing one of the following:
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