The researchers in my group work in a number of areas of plant science. The lab's goals in genomics include the annotation of new plant genomes, the improvement of genome annotation procedures and comparative genomics. Systems biology is used to provide insight into the function of genes and gain insight into developmental and physiological processes. A particular focus of the lab is the study of physiological responses related to drought and salt stress.
All of the scientists in my group have been trained in bioinformatics as computational analyses are vital to plant biology research. Sequence assembly, sequence variant detection, gene expression analysis, gene network identification, and structural and functional annotation are only possible through the use of bioinformatics. Lab members write their own programs as well as use open-source software developed for the biology community.