Assistant professor in the department of Horticulture at Michigan State University. Previously I was an NSF-NPGI postdoctoral associate at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. I completed my PhD at the University of Illinois under Ray Ming. My broad expertise are in the areas of plant genetics, genomics, evolution and molecular biology. I am interested in crop improvement and domestication, the evolution of sex chromosomes, and adaptive traits to arid environments such as the evolution of CAM photosynthesis and desiccation tolerance in resurrection plants.