Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Peter Crisp

Peter Crisp, first author of Variation and inheritance of small RNAs in maize inbreds and F1 hybrids

Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Springer Lab, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Minnesota

Education: PhD Plant Science, Pogson Lab, Centre for Plant Energy Biology, Australian National University

Non-scientific Interests: Soccer, delicious wine, fly fishing, snow

Brief bio: My core expertise is in genomics, epigenomics and bioinformatics, with a background in molecular genetics. My interests span both wet lab and computational biology and I value being able to integrate across these disciplines. My research focuses on two themes, 1) understanding fundamental principles of epigenetic phenomena, and 2) using genomic and epigenomic data to understand gene regulation for trait discovery and ultimately for crop improvement. My vision is to pursue analysis of large crop genomes and big data to address emerging needs in crop genomics and genome engineering. As we enter an era of unprecedented genome sequence data the potential biotechnological applications are tremendous; however, we remain limited by our ability to annotate genomes and identify the key functional elements to target for biotechnological applications.