Assistant Professor

Grey completed a Ph.D. of Ecology in 2019 from Colorado State University with John McKay studying climate adaptation in diverse plant species. He was then a post-doc at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology with Detlef Weigel where he studied functional genomics and evolution of mutation bias. In 2020, he started The Genomics of Climate Adaptation (TGCA) lab at UC Davis. He is excited about working with creative scientists to develop a deeper understanding of evolutionary processes and address practical challenges confronting plants in the context of climate adaptation.


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Visiting Scholar

Lea is pursuing a master’s degree in Molecular and Applied Plant Sciences at the University of Heidelberg, Germany where she also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biosciences in 2019.
She is interested in plants especially with a focus on their adaptation to abiotic stress in harsh environmental conditions.

Mariele Lensink

Integrative Genetics and Genomics PhD Student

Co-advised with Dan Kliebenstein

Harrison Yu

Undergraduate Intern

Harrison is studying Computer Science at Mission College in Santa Clara, California. He is transferring to San Jose State University in 2021 to pursue a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Bioinformatics. He is interested in applying bioinformatics and computational biology to analyze the distribution of mutations in gene exons in a variety of plants.

Elton Kane

Plant Biology Graduate Group PhD Student

Co-advised with Christine Diepenbrock.

Recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) with a BS in General Biology, philosophy minor. At UMB I worked in the Kessli lab studying the population genetics and evolution of  common dandelions. Currently, I am a first year PhD student in the Plant Biology Graduate Group. My interests have expanded to include developing breeding programs to generate biofortified and abiotic stress tolerant crops, with additional research interests in creating combined crop-climate models

Kehan Zhao

Plant Biology Graduate Group PhD Student

Kehan received a Bachelor's degree in Plant Science and Technology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Plant Biology Graduate Group at UC Davis. He is interested in loss-of-function mutation and its role in plant adaptation to climate change.

Alissza Ali

Undergraduate Student


Ian Anderson

Research Intern

Ian works at the PAN Facility at Stanford University. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Genetics and Plant Biology where he worked with Dr. Benjamin Blackman and Dr. Jack Colicchio. He is interested in how plants respond to changing environments. Especially in how different genetic tools and constraints impact that response.