Plant-plant interactions, plant molecular genetics, parasitic weeds
Biotechnology and Genomics
Plant adaptation to a changing climate, genetics and genomics of leafy salad crops, non-food woody biomass crops for bioenergy. Sustainability, ecosystem services, plants and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Plant reproduction: Embryo sac development (Arabidopsis and Rice); Functional genomics: small RNAs, microbiomes (Rice)
Plant breeding, genetics and genomics of quantitative traits; quantitative genetics; use of wild species in crop and germplasm improvement; QTL introgression; marker-assisted selection and genomics in breeding.
Computational and statistical plant biology, crop and gene network modeling, quantitative and evolutionary genomics
Genetics of fruit crops - genetic diversity, germplasm use, pistachio breeding
My primary research interest is in the discovery and understanding of the function of genes in forest trees, especially those controlling complex traits
Comparative functional genomics of disease resistance, lettuce genomics and breeding
Area of expertise: Biology of plant-microbe interactions, plant defenses against human and plant pathogens, stomatal immunity, bacterial pathogenesis