Ron is selected as a 2015 Howard Hughes Medical Institute EXceptional Research Opportunities Program awardee. Ron was also named as a 2015 United Negro College Fund-Merck Undergraduate Science Research Fellow.
Plants are amazing chemists capable of generating an array of compounds with a range of biological activities. Understanding the biosynthesis of these compounds at a structural and mechanistic level is the foundation for manipulating their assembly either in vitro or in vivo. Our research employs biochemistry, protein engineering, and x-ray crystallography to investigate the molecular basis of biological processes in plants, microbes, and nematodes.