My research interests originated with a desire to breed plants for pest resistance. As a student, I studied trichome-mediated insect resistance in tomato and fungal resistance in hazelnut at Cornell and OSU, respectively. Since 1999, here in PMB, I have had an ongoing appointment in the laboratory of Dr. Sarah Hake, where I study maize leaf and inflorescence development via forward genetics. Beginning January 2020, I began a dual appointment which now includes providing research and scientific support to the Krasileva lab. My exact projects remain undefined but will again have the long-term goal of decreasing pesticide use in agriculture.