My first research position was at the Clemson University Genomics Institute in South Carolina starting in 2000, and then at the Arizona Genomics Institute with Professor Rod Wing. This was followed by PhD training in genomics, molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona in Professor Frans Tax's lab. I then joined Professor Dave Bartel's lab at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT, where my interest in RNA biology grew and I fused this with my fascination in plant embryology and genomics that I had developed as a student. In the summer of 2012, I established a research group at the Gregor Mendel Institute on the Vienna BioCenter (VBC) campus, where we investigated questions related to (epi)genetics/genomics, and molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Arabidopsis , it has been exciting to apply the methods we developed to other systems in collaboration with other groups. At the beginning of 2021, I started as an Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Wageningen University. We are continuing to investigate questions related to the RNA biology of plant embryos with a focus on how small non-coding RNAs regulate gene expression and associated developmental processes.