Nat Kav, B.Sc., Ph.D.

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept


Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
Agriculture/Forestry Centre
9011 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2P5




Ph.D, Biochemistry, University of Calgary

Job/Research Area 

Biochemistry & Biotechnology

Administrative Service 

Associate Chair (Graduate Studies), Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science; July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009

Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences; July 1, 2009 - December 31, 2015

Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research;  October 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Vice-Provost (Programs), University of Alberta; July 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests 

Our research involves the application of proteomics- and genomics-based discovery techniques to identify, characterize and validate novel genes for crop improvement through biotechnology (genetic engineering). Recently, our group has been interested in the role of non-coding RNAs in mediating plant responses to stress.  Ultimately, we hope to utilize the knowledge generated by research to improve crop plants to withstand environmental (abiotic) and pathogen (biotic) stresses through genetic engineering and / or gene editing.  We are also very interested in developing longer-term collaboration on projects aimed at improving food and nutritional security throughout the world.


Since arriving at the University of Alberta in 2002, I have taught courses in Introductory Biochemistry (Plant Science 331), Introductory Biochemistry (Biochem 200), Developmental Physiology and Biotechnology of Crop Plants (Plant Science 301), Biotechnology for Crop Improvement / Plant Biotechnology (Plant Science 492 / BOT 382).  


PL SC 100 - Plants in our Lives

Issues related to the importance of plants in our lives, including global food security, interactions between agriculture and the environment, the role of crops in human and animal nutrition, and the potential development of biofuels, biofibers, biopharmaceutical, and bioindustrial crops. Not available to students with *60 in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. This course does not substitute for PL SC 221 in the program core. Prerequisite: Biology 30 recommended.

Winter Term 2021
PL SC 352 - Invasive Alien Plants: Biology and Control

Biology and ecology of invasive alien species in cropped, disturbed, and natural environments. Methods of control of weedy species, including biological, cultural, mechanical, and chemical and an introduction to the herbicide mechanism of action and environmental impacts. Prerequisite: PL SC 221 recommended.

Winter Term 2021

Browse more courses taught by Nat Kav


Functional characterization of four APETALA2-family genes (RAP2.6, RAP2.6L, At1g21910 and At2g38340) in Arabidopsis
Author(s): Krishnaswamy, S., Verma, S., Rahman, M. H. and Kav, N. N. V.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Plant Molecular Biology
Volume: 75: .
Page Numbers: 107-127

A global study of transcriptome dynamics in canola (Brassica napus L.) responsive to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum infection using RNA-Seq.
Author(s): Joshi, R. K., Megha, S., Rahman, M.H., Basu, U. and Kav, N. N. V.
Publication: Gene
Volume: 590
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 57-67

Genome wide identification and functional prediction of long non coding RNAs responsive to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum infection in Brassica napus.
Author(s): Joshi, R. K., Megha, S., Basu, U., Rahman, M. H. and Kav, N. N. V.
Publication: PLoS One
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The toxicity of antiprion antibodies is mediated by the flexible tail of the prion protein.
Author(s): Sonati, T., Falsig, J., Reimann, R., Baral, P. K., O`Connor, T., Hornemann, S., Yaganoglu, S., Sorce, S., Li, B., Herrmann, U., Wieland, B., Swayampakula, M., Rahman, M. H., Das, D., Kav, N., Riek, R., Liberski, P., James, M. N. G. and Aguzzi, A.
Publication: Nature
Volume: 501
Page Numbers: 102-106