Other research in the laboratory includes isolation and characterization of genes that control the elongation, desaturation, or other modifications of fatty acid; the roles of membrane lipids in the cell biology and physiology of plants; involvement of jasmonate in pollen development, insect defense, and non-host resistance against fungal pathogens.
An additional research program uses mutational analysis and molecular genetics to investigate lipid structure and membrane function in the model nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.
Ph.D. University of Auckland, 1977
B.Sc. University of Auckland, 1974