WoW PhD candidate working with Juergen Ehlting, Biology, University of Victoria, and Danielle Werck, CNRS, Strasbourg.
Characterization of the CYP98A gene family in poplar
Plant secondary metabolites fulfill pivotal functions in plant development and chemical ecology.
Some metabolites, such as lignin, provide structural support allowing high pressure water transport for the erect growth
of land plants.
My research focuses on a gene family (CYP98A) in poplar that is hypothesized to be involved both in lignin biosynthesis and in formation of numerous soluble phenolics. I am characterizing this gene family in an evolutionary context within the Populus genus, and will characterize proposed species-specific differences of individual family members using both in vitro (reverse biochemistry) and in vivo (reverse genetics) approaches.