Professor of Plant molecular biology and biochemistry
“Deciphering calcium signal transduction in plants”
Research: My laboratory investigates the cellular mechanisms that plants use to cope with abiotic (cold, drought, etc.) and biotic (pathogen attack) stress. We are particularly interested in understanding the role of calcium ions in plant signal transduction. Our research focuses on how calcium-binding proteins, such as calmodulin and calmodulin-related proteins, participate in the responses of plant cells to environmental stimuli. This work provides a knowledgebase that informs the technology for engineering improved stress-tolerance in crops.
Teaching: I enjoy the challenges and rewards of teaching, at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Although I have taught a variety of courses in the department, my main roles have been in introductory biology and upper year lecture and lab courses in plant physiology as well as specialized graduate courses.
Course topics: Introductory Biology, Plant Physiology, Experiments in Plant Biology