My name is Ava Kloss-Schmidt, I am a recent graduate of the University of Washington where I earned a BS in Plant Biology and minored in microbiology and ecology. I grew up in the pacific northwest which helped to foster my early interest in plants and plant biology. My undergraduate research focused on plant-herbivore interactions in the Steinbrenner lab. I have also studied wild-flower phenology with the MeadoWatch program in Mt. Rainier National Park and alpine floral diversity with the University of Washington herbarium. I love spending time in greenhouses and in the lab. I am excited to be working on the Sorghum Metabolic Atlas project with the Rhee lab. When I am not at work, I like collecting used cookbooks, cooking, baking, camping, hiking and visiting botanical gardens.