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New microtubule-associated protein for cellulose biosynthesis (Article#25 & 1000 citations milestone)

In collaboration with Katharina Bürstenbinder’s team at IPB Halle, we used reverse genetics to characterize IQ67 DOMAIN 9 (IQD9) and KINESIN LIGHT CHAIN-RELATED 1 (KLCR1) as two microtubule (MT) associated proteins that guide cellulose distribution during seed mucilage biosynthesis. IQD9 physically interacts with KLCR1, and mutations in IQD9 as well as in KLCR1 lead to compact mucilage capsules with aberrant cellulose distribution. ResemblingContinue reading “New microtubule-associated protein for cellulose biosynthesis (Article#25 & 1000 citations milestone)”

Student and Postdoctoral Positions to Join the Designer Glycans Lab in Florida

Although carbohydrate polymers are essential for our health, energy and materials needs, the metabolic pathways related to these complex molecules have been challenging to study in plants (Voiniciuc, 2022; https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.18091). The Designer Glycans group uses synthetic biology in yeast and plant model systems to discover how cell wall glycans are made and how their structure/functionContinue reading “Student and Postdoctoral Positions to Join the Designer Glycans Lab in Florida”

SynBio talks at the Plant Biology 2022 Worldwide Summit | July 9-13, 2022

The first concurrent session of ASPB Plant Biology 2022 meeting on “Living Factories for Plant-Based Products” will be chaired by Catalin Voiniciuc and feature a diverse panel of speakers, contributing synbio insights from all career stages. Invited Speakers: Emma Walker (Western University) Jaya Joshi (Concordia University) Britney Moss (Whitman College) Steven Burgess (University of Illinois) Dae-KyunContinue reading “SynBio talks at the Plant Biology 2022 Worldwide Summit | July 9-13, 2022”

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