My lab has focused on the genes that control flower and fruit development in the reference plant Arabidopsis thaliana. These studies have led to new technologies that are being applied to increase the yield of crop plants. My lab has also studies the genes that control stem cell formation during embryogenesis.

Awards and Achievements

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, UCSD Alumni Foundation ( 2007)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences ( 2008)
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences ( 2009)
  • Paul D. Saltman Endowed Chair in Science Education ( 2012)
  • Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Award in Science and Engineering ( 2015)