Recognizing Plant Cell authors: Alex Harkess

Alex Harkess, first author of Sex determination by two Y-linked genes in garden asparagus

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Auburn University; Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Education: B.S. Botany, Miami University (OH); Ph.D. Plant Biology, University of Georgia

Non-scientific Interests: running slowly, botanizing, and tinkering with Raspberry Pis.

Brief bio: Alex is an Assistant Professor at Auburn University in the Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science department, and joint Faculty Investigator at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. He uses evolutionary and comparative genomics to understand how plants have evolved diverse strategies for sexual and asexual reproduction.