I graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!), obtained a M.S degree in Microbiology from Arizona State (Go Sun Devils!), and earned my Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Arizona (Tucson>Tempe). I am currently a professor of the Departments of Pediatrics and Human and Molecular Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and associate director of research at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M - Go Aggies!). While a postdoctoral at the Whitehead Institute at MIT (Go Engineers?), I learned to appreciate and utilize various model systems. I have published more than 120 peer reviewed publications using plants, bacteria, yeast, zebrafish, mice and human subjects to understand the relationships between diet and health. Since 1997, I have been a proud member of the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine. In my time away from work I enjoy tennis, exercise, camping, reading, music, cooking, my family, and especially my two heelers.