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As an undergraduate studying Computational Biology and Plant Breeding, I joined the Gore lab in October 2015. My research goals are to improve the performance and quality of staple crops under diverse environmental, agronomic, and economic constraints. A programmer by training, I have applied these skills in the Gore lab to characterize quantitative trait variation in maize. I have contributed to the sweet corn nutritional genomics project for biofortification of provitamin A and vitamin E, conducting genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to identify quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying the variation for these nutritionally important compounds. I am presently engaged in a study investigating the genetic basis for variable rates of non-stomatal water loss (NSWL) in maize leaf tissue, a potential target for improving drought tolerance.