Anna Stepanova received her undergraduate training at the University of Nevada, Reno and Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia. She did her graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Ecker at UPenn and Salk, earning her PhD degree in Biology from UPenn for the study of nuclear events in ethylene signaling. For her postdoctoral training, Anna worked with Dr. Jose Alonso at North Carolina State University exploring the crosstalk between ethylene and auxin. She is currently an Associate Professor of Plant Biology and Genetics at NC State University. Her primary research interests continue to center around plant hormones, specifically the mechanisms of ethylene signal transduction, auxin biosynthesis, hormone pathways’ crosstalk, and translational regulation of hormone responses. In her work, Anna is employing classical and molecular genetics, genomics and synthetic biology in Arabidopsis and tomato to decipher the mechanisms governing plant adaptation and phenotypic plasticity.