My research interests lie in the evolution of genome structure, content, and function, with a particular focus on the highly divergent mitochondrial DNA of land plants. I use a combination of experimental and computational techniques to trace these peculiar evolutionary pathways and to identify the driving forces that shape these genomes.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and work in collaboration with museum curators Corrie Moreau, John Bates, Shannon Hackett, Thorsten Lumbsch, and Richard Ree. Until 2014, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Jeff Mower's lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I received my PhD in 2011 from the University of Bonn in Germany with Volker Knoop as my advisor.