Grady joined the lab January 2013 and started working with visiting graduate student Thiago Andre on developing markers for population genetics in Chamaecostus (Costaceae).  He is also involved in developing a morphological matrix for the Costaceae.  In 2014, Grady began working on his CNR Honor's Thesis, focusing on tissue culture in Musa cultivars and the effect of DELLA proteins on deleterious somatic mutations.  Grady received the 2014 Shibo Zhang Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Research for his proposed research on tissue culture in Musa.

As a double major in Genetics and Plant Biology and Forestry (2014), Grady plans on applying his skills in genetics with his love for coniferous forests in the near future.