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IIGB Seminar Speaker - Dr. Sarah O'Connor

Friday, January 26, 2018
12:101 p.m.


Genomics Building
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Dear Faculty, Postdocs, Students, and Friends:

You are cordially invited to attend a special seminar presented by the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology






Sarah E. O’Connor

Department of Biological Chemistry

John Innes Centre




“Harnessing the chemistry of plant natural product biosynthesis”

DATE: Friday, January 26, 2018

 LOCATION: Genomics Auditorium, RM 1102A

Time: 12:10 pm


Please join IIGB for a Coffee Social at 11:30, bring your Mug!


Host: Yanran Li




Plants, which make thousands of complex natural products, are outstanding chemists. Through the concerted action of enzymes that are assembled into metabolic pathways, nature creates chemical complexity from simple starting materials. I will highlight some of the unusual enzymatic transformations that plants use to make complex, bioactive natural products, and will also discuss methods by which these pathways can be harnessed for metabolic engineering. The focus is on the biosynthesis of the monoterpenes called iridoids, and the alkaloid derived from iridoids, known as the monoterpene indole alkaloids. The discovery, functional characterization and mechanistic study of enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of these important compounds in several medicinal plant species will be discussed.



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