My overall research interests are focused on both development and effects of abiotic stress on plants, with a specifically interest in how the plant hormone cytokinin is involved in these processes. My lab uses molecular, genetic, and physiological approaches to study a set of transcription factors known as Cytokinin Response Factors (CRFs), which are regulated by both cytokinin and stress. A major goal of my research is a better understanding of how cytokinin and stress interact through CRFs in both Arabidopsis and tomato to control essential plant processes and development. My teaching interests parallel my research interests and are focused on plant biology, development, and plant hormones.

Biological Science
PhD, University of Arizona, Plant Sciences , 1999
BS, Florida State University, Biological Sciences , 1992
biological sciences