My work is focused on the signaling that occurs between lettuce and the root-colonizing fungi Trichoderma and Fusarium in the soil. I am trying to identify which molecules are present in lettuce root exudate, how the composition of this exudate changes during stress, and which molecules can elicit biological responses from the fungi. Simultaneously, I am trying to identify and characterize the receptors that fungi use to perceive these signals.
In my free time I like to lift weights, enjoy nature, drink tea, and play videogames. I also like movies and show, especially Star trek.