Guanqun(Gavin) Chen, PhD
Area of Study / Keywords
plant lipid biotechnology oilseed crop canola oleaginous microorganisms
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.
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.