I am interested in using genetics and high throughput sequencing data to identify, recover, and activate natural product-encoding gene clusters. I think of my research efforts as breaking down into four related topics:
- the discovery of bioactive compounds using metagenomic techniques,
- the synthetic refactoring of natural product gene clusters,
- understanding the biogeography of biosynthetic genes,
- and developing vizualization and computional tools for the analysis of data.