- Postdoc – Duke University, 2011-2017
- Ph.D. – Cell and Developmental Biology – Vanderbilt University, 2011
- B.S. – Biomedical Engineering – Northwestern University, 2006
The Sparks lab aims to understand the development, morphology, function, and molecular regulation of shoot-borne brace roots in maize. The ultimate goal of this work is to match brace roots to their environment and improve plant production. To achieve this goal we employ multi-disciplinary approaches from molecular biology to engineering.