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Seminar Series

Spring 2021

January 21, 2021

Dr. Niko Geldner, Professor, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

“The last step is the hardest – lignin and suberin formation in the cell wall”

To be held via Zoom, 9:00am – 9:55am (Zoom link to follow in announcement).


February 4, 2021

Dr. Ian Wallace, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno

“Kinases, lipids, and sugars: How do plants regulate cell wall polysaccharide assembly”

To be held via Zoom, 9:00am – 9:55am (Zoom link to follow in announcement).


March 4, 2021

Dr. Xue-Rong Zhou, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

“Metabolic engineering of lipids: omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids from ocean to field”

To be held via Zoom, 2:00pm – 2:55pm (Zoom link to follow in announcement).


March 18, 2021

Dr. Malia Gehan, Assistant Member, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

“Utilizing Natural Variation and High-Throughput Phenotyping for Crop Improvement”

To be held via Zoom, 9:00am – 9:55am (Zoom link to follow in announcement).


April 1, 2021

Dr. David Kramer, Hannah Distinguished Professor in Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics, College of Natural Science, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory

“Photosynthesis control”

To be held via Zoom, 9:00am – 9:55am (Zoom link to follow in announcement).


April 8, 2021

Dr. Ricard Sole, Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) Research Professor, University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain 

“Bioengineering the biosphere and other synthetic biology”

To be held via Zoom, 9:00am – 9:55am (Zoom link to follow in announcement).


April 15, 2021

Professor Ivo Feussner, George August University, Göttingen

“The glycosyltransferase UGT76B1 is critical for plant immunity as it governs the homeostasis of N-hydroxy-pipecolic acid”

To be held via Zoom, 9:00am – 9:55am (Zoom link to follow in announcement).


April 29, 2021

Dr. Richard Dixon, Distinguished Research Professor/ Associate Director of the BioDiscovery Institute- Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas

“Engineering plant cell wall polymers for a sustainable bioeconomy”

To be held via Zoom, 9:00am – 9:55am (Zoom link to follow in announcement).


May 6, 2021

Dr. Haniyeh Koochak, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University

“Factors Involved in Ultrastructural Thylakoid Dynamics”

To be held via Zoom, 9:00am – 9:55am (Zoom link to follow in announcement).


May 13, 2021

Dr. Karen Sanguinet, Assistant Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences Department, Washington State University

“Root hairs development and nitrogen sensing”

To be held via Zoom, 9:00am – 9:55am (Zoom link to follow in announcement).