Specialty: Plant beneficial microbes, soil health and rhizosphere biogeochemistry
My research focus is on understanding soil microbial communities and functions in the rhizosphere environment. Other areas of interest include identifying novel and competent plant beneficial microbes for biofertilization, disease suppression and bioremediation. I apply biogeochemical analysis and genomic tools to characterize soil microbial communities and functional responses. Currently, the research goals are to identify soil management techniques to improve plant beneficial microbial interactions, soil health and nutritional quality of foods, and increase soil carbon capture.