Dr. Chen received his PhD degree in Plant Biotechnology at the University of Hong Kong.
The major objectives of Dr. Chen’s research program are (1) to enhance our understanding of vegetable oil formation and (2) to develop novel genetic engineering strategies for increasing oil yield, producing value-added specialty oils, and producing other bioproducts in higher plants, microalgae and yeast. He is also interested in developing oil crops with improved agronomic characteristics (e.g. abiotic and biotic stress tolerance, seed yield, protein content and quality) through biotechnology. In addition, he is collaborating with colleagues on other projects such as improving stress tolerance and oil content in forage crops.
1. Graduate Student Opportunities: Currently we only consider applications from excellent graduate students with their own funding.
2. Post-Doctoral Fellow (PDF) Opportunities: Currently we are only accepting PDF with their own funding.
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Individual study. Critical reviews of selected literature under the direction of a Faculty member. Note: May be taken more than once if the topic is different. Prerequisite: consent of Department.Fall Term 2020
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.Winter Term 2021