Title: Unusual Fatty Acid Metabolism: Learning from the Less Common
Speaker: Edgar Cahoon
Time: 11:00, September 9, 2016
Location: Meeting room 2, Administration building
Dr. Edgar Cahoon is the George Holmes University Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Plant Science Innovation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA). He received his BS in biochemistry from Virginia Tech, MS in plant physiology from Cornell University, and PhD in plant biochemistry and molecular biology from Michigan State University. Dr. Cahoon was a senior scientist at DuPont Crop Genetics in Wilmington, Delaware and later served as a principal investigator with the USDA-ARS and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. He joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008. He was appointed a Changjiang Scholar Professor at Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, China in 2015. Dr. Cahoon is a specialist in plant lipid and isoprenoid metabolism in plants. His lab conducts basic and applied research in fatty acid biosynthesis and enzymatic modification of fatty acid structures. His lab also conducts research in plant biotechnology, including metabolic engineering of seed oils for biofuel, industrial, and nutritional applications, and investigates plant sphingolipid metabolism and function. He is the author of 100 publications and inventor or co-inventor on 30 issued US patents in plant biotechnology.