Welcome to Our Lab!
Our lab is interested in the structures, biosynthesis and metabolic engineering of plant natural products. We are particularly focusing on plant natural products with high medicinal and nutritional benefits or value as biofuel. We are using an integrated approach that includes phytochemistry, metabolomics, functional genomics and biochemistry to understand the plant, tissue, and cell specificity of biosynthesis of plant natural products. Current research includes proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins, sesquiterpenoids and volatiles. We are using model systems to understand the molecular, biochemical, and structural mechanisms of these natural products and will then apply our discoveries to the development of metabolic engineering in high-value plants.
Flavan3-ols and Proanthocyanidins