We study the evolution of ecologically important traits, primarily focusing on plant populations.
Currently we focus on understanding the genetic, physiological, and ecological mechanisms of local adaptation to environment and host-symbiont coevolution. Key study organisms include:
Sorghum landraces (traditional varieties)
Teak (Tectona grandis)
Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum)
Neurovirology, Genomics of Pathogen Variation, Neuron-Virus Relationships
Understanding the consequences of HSV latency for the neurons that harbor the HSV pathogen and the search for improved therapeutics using a combination of virology, neurobiology, next generation sequencing technologies, and bioinformatics.