Plant Biology and Biotechnology
Genetic engineering of plants, development of plant-based natural products, and other industrially relevant plant-biotechnologies, together with plant molecular studies on incorporating novel traits, are among the most characteristic activities of our team. We focus on next-generation metabolic engineering approaches to produce plant specialized metabolites. These include recombinant plant cell suspension culture technology, chloroplast synthetic biology and genome editing for incorporating improved agronomic traits. The discoveries in basic plant research play a crucial role in developing technologies to improve agriculture by introducing important traits to a crop of interest. Our team employs integrated approaches to identify genes and understand their function for imparting significant agronomic impact in crops useful for growers, industry and consumers.