The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center programs aim at developing crops with enhanced nutrition, leading innovative research for renewable energy sources and implementing new methods to improve environmental quality. My research program aligns with these aims by primarily focusing on exploring the complex network of metabolic, molecular and physiological plant responses to improve tolerance to environmental stresses and enhancing nutritional qualities especially of vegetable and grain crops.
As a system biologist, I feel it is important to understand the gap between reality and actuality in science. A productive research project is one that would ensure high-quality, nutritionally beneficial and safe food for society produced through sustainable agriculture. I would like young researchers to learn not only general laboratory skills, but expand their understanding in the applied aspects of plant biology by participating in field research activities at the Uvalde AgriLife Research Center. Students are encouraged to contact me if interested in participating in my research program and exploring relevant ideas.