Current Members

Jason Schaffer

Graduate Student, Organic Division

Jason is investigating the biosynthesis and mechanism of action of obafluorin, a beta-lactone from Pseudomonas fluorescens.  Outside of the lab, Jason enjoys playing and watching sports, playing board games, and exploring the St.

William Buhro

Chair, Department of Chemistry
George E. Pake Professor in Arts & Sciences
Professor, Department of Chemistry

Research Specialization

Synthetic inorganic and materials chemistry; optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals, including quantum wires, belts and platelets; metallic nanoparticles; magic-size nanoclusters; nanopart

Lin-Feng Li

Research Scientist

My primary research interest concerns the genetic basis of evolution in plants. Much of this work focuses on the origin and domestication of crops (e.g., banana, rice and ginseng) and adaptive speciation of columbine. My current work includes a large-scale search for associations of genetic/epigenetic variations at candidate genes with phenotypic traits.

David Goad

Ph.D. Student

I am interested in studying the evolution of weeds and other agriculturally relevant plants with a combination of approaces including population genetics, quantitative genetics, and bioinformatics.


Leah Schultz

Graduate Student

Leah is a fourth-year graduate student at WashU.

Samantha Powers

Graduate Student (Co-Advisor) - Plant & Microbial Biosciences Graduate Program, William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellow, NSF-GRFP Honorable Mention, 2014-

Powers SK, Strader LC (2016) Up in the air: untethered factors of auxin response.  F1000Research 5:133

Stephen Vadia

Postdoctoral Scientist

Current Research

Stephen is using a combination of chemical and genetic approaches to dissect the mechanisms underlying the growth rate-dependent control of cell size.

Corey Westfall

Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow

Current Research

Corey is investigating the role of central carbon metabolism in the regulation of bacterial growth and morphology.