What do you do?
I am an Associate Professor Senior Research at Oregon State University. The current focus of my research is to understand information flow in living systems and how evolution shapes this flow using systems-level pathway modeling supported by high-quality biocuration, gene-orthology based predictions, and analysis of omics data. I serve as a senior curator for Plant Reactome knowledgebase. I have authored ~30 peer-reviewed refereed research articles in high impact journals including Nature, Nature Biotech, PNAS, etc. One of my research papers has been selected by the 'Faculty of 1000 Biology'. I am is also the Editor-in-chief of the Current Plant Biology journal published by Elsevier and review editor for 'Frontier in Plant Science'.
Why did you choose this field?
I was inspired by scientific logic and evolution of life on earth.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I wish I knew how to negotiate for getting a tenured academic position and not being shy about boasting my capabilities and achievements. I wish I had paid some attention on becoming more aggressive and outgoing and employed less self-criticism.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I like to work around a rationale idea, discovering something new and hope that humanity benefits from the work I do.
Best advice for next generation?
Follow your dream and be more confident and prudent.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”