I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Howarth Lab at St. John's University, New York. I also have been an Adjunct Assistant Professor there.
I examine how gene interactions defining novel traits evolve. I address this question with a model system: the CYCLOIDEA-RADIALIS-DIVARICATA-DRIF interaction in zygomorphic flowers. I employ gene downregulation, quantitative gene expression, ancestral state reconstruction, and bioinformatic analyses to understand how such gene interactions have evolved.