Working with Parris Humphrey, my primary research focus involves Salicylic acid and Jasmonic acid cross-talk in plants, their effects on plant defenses against pathogens and herbivores/parasites, and the evolution of both pathways. Secondarily, I am extremely interested in the evolution of pathogens that have gained antimicrobial resistance to plant defenses and the methods both parasites and herbivores use to bypass plant defenses. I have been working with the Whiteman lab since May 2014.
I am a senior studying Physiology and Biology with a focus in Biomedical sciences. I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and have lived in Los Angeles, parts of Michigan, and Tucson. Eventually I plant to study medical applications of genetic engineering, particularly in cases of preventable human pathology and in infectious diseases. I am extremely interested in evolutionary medicine and plan to take what I've learned at the Whiteman lab on the topic of Host-Parasite-Pathogen interaction and apply it in a medical setting.