Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology Payl South. His expertise covers molecular genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry. More specifically, he focuses on epigenetic regulation of gene expression. For the RIPE project, he is improving photorespiratory bypass by identifying and down-regulating chloroplast inner membrane proteins necessary for export of photorespiratory products, such as glycolate. South earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Ursuline College and went on to receive his doctorate in biochemistry from Purdue University. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Journal of Biological Chemistry.