Biochemistry and Physiology

Plant Biochemistry is the interface between chemistry, molecular and cell biology, and plant physiology; investigating the chemical and physical basis of the life processes, and plant processes at the level of molecules, cells, organs, whole plants or plant systems.

Personnel

Research in Dr. Bar-Peled’s group aims to understand, at the molecular level, the roles of complex glycans in living organisms. We are interested in the roles of cell surface glycans (“sugar coated polymers”) in cell-cell recognition, pathogenicity, and communication between micro-organisms and their plant or animal hosts. In addition, we are…

The Donovan lab investigates plant evolutionary ecophysiology, with an emphasis on resource use and stress tolerance traits as they relate to plant performance. We study adaptations to growth limiting factors such as drought, nutrient limitations, and salinity. Our current study system primarily consists of wild and cultivated sunflowers that …

Our laboratory studies the cell biology and biosynthesis of plant cell walls. Plant cell walls play major roles in the biology of plants. Examples of these roles include controlling the growth and shape of plant cells, tissues, organs, and ultimately the entire plant, regulating the movement of nutrients and signals within the apoplast and…

phenylpropanoid metabolism growth-defense tradeoff gene family evolution and functional diservification functional genomics metabolite engineering

My research interests center on uncovering the molecular mechanisms underlying the biosynthesis of secondary cell walls and the transcriptional regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis in plants.