Guanqun(Gavin) Chen, PhD

Associate Professor; Canada Research Chair in Plant Lipid Biotechnology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept

Contact

Associate Professor; Canada Research Chair in Plant Lipid Biotechnology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
Email
gc24@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-3148
Address
410 Agriculture/Forestry Centre
9011 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2P5

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

plant lipid biotechnology oilseed crop canola oleaginous microorganisms


Research

The ongoing projects in the Plant Lipid Biotechnology lab have both basic and applied contents. We aim to

(1) enhance our understanding of storage lipid formation

(2) develop novel genetic engineering strategies for increasing oil yield and producing value-added specialty oils in higher plants and some microorganisms (e.g. microalgae and yeast), and

(3) develop oil crops with improved agronomic characteristics (e.g. abiotic and biotic stress tolerance of canola, seed yield and quality).

In addition, we are also collaborating with colleagues on other projects such as improving oil content and stress tolerance in forage crops.


Teaching

Plants for Bioproducts (PL SC 345) and Lipid Science (AFNS414 & AFNS514).

Courses

PL SC 345 - Plants for Bioproducts

Agronomy, breeding, biochemistry, biotechnology, and ecological issues related to production of plants for bioproducts. Topics selected from biodiesel, fuel ethanol, biolubricants, bioplastic, platform biochemicals, and starch and protein for nonfood applications. Prerequisite: BIOL 107, PL SC 221, or CHEM 164.


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Publications

publications from our lab are listed here:

Author(s): -
Publication Date: 4/30/2021
External Link: https://plb.ualberta.ca/publications/