Plant genome structure and evolution, especially the nature of rearrangements and the contributions of transposable elements. The relationship between genome structure/evolution and gene function. Genetic diversity and its use in under-utilized crops of the developing world. The rapid evolution of complex disease resistance loci in plants. Models, mechanisms and metagenomics for lignocellulosic ethanol production.
Ph.D. Biochemistry , University of Washington 1980
- Guggenheim Fellowship, 2008
- Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005
- Elected member, US National Academy of Sciences, 2004