Sanjeev Dahal is a fifth year Ph.D. student, in the Genome Science and Technology program, at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his B.S. in Biology (with a minor in Chemistry) from the University of New Orleans, in 2012. His research interests include the study of biological systems by combining both experimental and computational tools. While working in a comparative genomics lab, he developed and used algorithms to define phylogenetic relationships, as well as computational methods, such as flux balance analysis and constraint-based modeling, to develop genome scale metabolic networks and models. His current project uses various molecular and -omics techniques to determine and investigate the interactions between Populus isolates.