What got you interested in plants and plant science?
During my freshman year in college, I had to take a comparative physiology class, and one half of the class was taught by a plant physiologist. His PowerPoint slides were just images of plants and diagrams of physiological processes, and he would talk so enthusiastically about all the material that I couldn't help but be interested. When it came time to look for research labs, I decided I would look for plant biology labs to see what it was all about, and ended up joining a lab that studied plant-insect interactions. The rest was history!
What is your research about?
I'm broadly interested in applications of cutting edge computer science techniques like machine learning to problems in plant biology, as well as algal biofuels.
What is the potential societal impact of your research?
I hope to have an impact on curbing carbon emissions and reducing the effects of climate change through research that broadens tools for agricultural breeders and/or biofuels.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years I hope to be working in the biofuels industry, helping to combat climate change by scaling up processes to provide carbon-neutral and negative fuels for applications such as the aviation industry.
On a Saturday afternoon, you'll likely find me:
Climbing, camping, hiking, or otherwise being eaten alive by mosquitos in pursuit of the outdoors.