Wayne R. Curtis, Department of Chemical Engineering, Penn State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chemical Plants and Production Platforms: Propagation to Protein Expression
ABSTRACT: The seminar will emphasize our work in applied plant biotechnology including transient gene expression in plants (supported by Monsanto), and plant propagation, based on the work of Weyerhaeuser using embryonic suspensor masses, and more recently the use of transcription factors to manipulate somatic embryogenesis in Arabidopsis and Cacao (the Chocolate Tree). In collaboration with Joe Chappell, our work with algae biofuels has resulted in extensive work on photobioreactor design, and the isolation of the hydrocarbon biosynthesis pathways from Botryococcus braunii, which we are engineering into Rhodobacter. Rhodobacter (a purple photosynthetic bacteria) has been an excellent platform for expressing functional membrane proteins, with a recent focus on Aquiporins.
Hosts: Drs. John Finer, David Mackey