My name is James,
I’m working on I received my PhD in Plant Biology at from Berkeley. I’m an assistant professor, and the co-founder of two start ups. My academic lab works on comparative and functional genomics as well as high throughput phenotyping of maize, sorghum, and a bunch of related orphan grain crops and wild grass species.
Anything posted here is my own opinion and doesn’t reflect the views of any of my various employers, employees, advisors, advisees, minions, etc. I started this blog … well partially to keep in touch with friends and family, but mostly because it justified purchasing a web hosting space. It’s grown in fits and spurts over the years, with a focus shifting from the life of an undergraduate, to science communication, to my own research and experiences… I hope you enjoy reading, because I’ve enjoyed having the chance to write over the past almost decade now.
For those interested in learning more about me and my research, I try to keep this site up to date with links to my research presence throughout the web.
Now I have an actual research group!
If you were wondering, the corn behind me in the banner is a mexican cultivar being grown in Iowa where it flowers very late in the season, leaving it a lot more time to focus on vegetative growth, getting bigger and taller. Mexican corn determines when to flower based on the length of night, a trait that modern cultivars have lost, allowing them to successful reproduce at a much wider range of latitudes.