- Apomixis (asexual seed formation)
- Medicinal plants
- Evolutionary genomics
- Plant reproduction
My lab identifies apomixis factors in naturally-occurring asexual plant populations using evolutionary "omics" approaches. We furthermore pursue technology development to transform these factors into model and crop plants, with the goals of improving human health, combating global hunger and advancing agriculture. I also have long-standing projects in Germany which involve human health and the medicinal plants St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) and German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), research which supports academic and industry partners for their use in dementia research and digestive applications respectively. This work has led to more recent research in Cannabis (Cannabis sp.) and Hops (Humulus lupulus) genomics and applications.