From September 17-21, 2018, we introduce you to some of the postdocs at the JGI in honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, which recognizes the contributions of these early career researchers. Through a series of hard-hitting questions, we find out what drives each one.
What do you work on? With Esther Singer from the JGI Single Cells Group and through a project led by researchers at the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division, I am working on developing plant growth chambers, EcoPods, that will contain a variety of state-of-the-art sensors and instruments to allow us to replicate field conditions inside the laboratory. My research group is using Panicum hallii, a type of switchgrass, to test the efficacy of EcoPods in replicating a variety of real-world conditions, including events like drought.
When did you join JGI? August 2018
Where did you join us from? University of Washington, Seattle
What drives your passion outside of JGI? I am a competitive table tennis player and a veteran national collegiate athlete. I love to train on the weekends and participate in
tournaments when I have free time.
What is your favorite quote? “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison
What is your favorite food? Sichuanese peppers and anything super spicy.