I became caught up in the intricacies and quirks of plants after my first plant biology class at UC Berkeley. One of my most memorable experiences in college was when I devilishly persuaded my friends to taste pretty pine resin, simply to giggle at the grimaces on their faces. I also encouraged my parents to munch on briny, succulent Salicornia stems so they could appreciate its' ability to store salt. To this day, I love to discuss the medicinal properties of various plants that I see with anyone who will listen. Currently, I am interested in the molecular processes that enhance algae’s ability to withstand oxidative stresses and protect their photosynthetic machineries.