My research program is based on the study of plant secondary metabolites or phytochemicals. I am interested in how plants use phytochemicals to interact with other organisms or defend themselves against environmental factors such as wounding and pathogen attack. We use a combined molecular biological/biochemical/analytical chemistry approach to address fundamental questions about phytochemistry. My research activities can be divided into three categories: 1) Biosynthesis and Function of Suberin, 2) Chemical Ecology of Phytochemicals and 3) Small Molecule Analysis. Click on the category link to learn more.