Guanqun(Gavin) Chen

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


Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair in Plant Lipid Biotechnology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
(780) 492-3148
410 Agriculture/Forestry Centre
9011 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2P5



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.

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



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.

For more information, please visit the lab website.


AFNS 602 - Graduate Reading Project

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
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.

Winter Term 2021

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For the complete list of publications, please visit my lab webpage.
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Publication Date: 12/1/2020
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Kinetic improvement of an algal diacylglycerol acyltransferase 1 via fusion with an acyl-CoA binding protein
Author(s): Xu Y, Caldo KMP, Falarz L, Jayawardhane K, Chen G*
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Plant Journal
Volume: 102
Page Numbers: 856-871. # featured article of the issue
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Arabidopsis CTP:phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase 1 is phosphorylated and inhibited by sucrose nonfermenting 1–related protein kinase 1 (SnRK1)
Author(s): Caldo KMP#, Xu Y#, Falarz L#, Jayawardhane K, Acedo JZ, Chen G*
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Volume: 294
Page Numbers: 15862-15874, recommended in F1000Prime as being of special significance in its field
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