My background includes general biology (Moravian College), cytogenetics and quantitative genetics (University of Minnesota, advised by Ronald Phillips), and plant stress physiology (University of Delaware, advised by John Boyer). As an Assistant Research Professor in Professor Tumer's laboratory at Rutgers University, I have used yeast genetics to identify genes and pathways that impact both ricin (RTA) and trichothecene cytotoxicity. The goal of our current research is to identify plant genes that improve resistance to Fusarium graminearum which causes Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) disease in small grain cereals.
Title and Address:
Assistant Research Professor
Department of Plant Biology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Primary Focus Area: Natural Products and Human Health