A biology major and self-taught bioinformatician, my main interest goes to understanding how genomes evolve and how DNA variation creates phenotypic differences. In the past, I have applied my skills to decipher some of the mysteries of human genetics and complex diseases. I currently work on the HRJ project, where I analyze big data sets of genome sequences and phenotypic information with statistical and computational tools. The ultimate goal is to generate knowledge that can facilitate crop breeding for biofuel production. What I really like about this project, in addition to all the exciting scientific discoveries we are making, is that it represents collaborative and multidisciplinary science at its best: the project involves geneticists, agricultural economists, agronomists, plant breeders, business developers, sociologists, extension and outreach.