Current Lab Members

Yair Shachar-Hill          

Professor in the Plant Biology Department at Michigan State University since 2002         

Our group studies metabolism and transport in plant systems. We are very interested in analyzing and modeling the fluxes through metabolic networks in developing seeds, arbuscular mycorrhizas, and other cells and tissues.     

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 Taghleb (Tibo) Al-Deeb        

Ph.D. student, 2009    

I am very interested in studying the molecular and biochemical basis of metabolic networks in plant cells, arbuscular mycorrhiza and bacteria.       

 

 

Lisa Carey         

 Research Technician/Lab Manager 2010       

Lisa is currently working on finalizing metabolic flux maps for wild-type Camelina sativa embryos grown under different light conditions. She is also working on determining composition and metabolic steady state of transgenic lines that show promise for improvement of composition or total oil content.        

  
   

Xuewen (Wilson) Chen          

Visiting Research Assistant Professor, 2008       

Wilson is interested in metabolic flux analysis, metabolic regulatory mechanisms, and modeling of metabolism and bio-transport. His current projects are 13C metabolic flux analysis of microbial fermentation and plant cell wall biosynthesis.

Chen XW, Alonso AP, Allen DK, Reed JL, Shachar-Hill Y (2011) Synergy between 13C-Metabolic Flux Analysis and Flux Balance Analysis for understanding metabolic adaption to anaerobiosis in E. coli. Metabolic Engineering 13:38-48   PDF

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Rahul Deshpande          

Postdoc, 2009.       

Rahul is working on metabolic flux analysis in the green alga, Chlamydomonas for the production of biofuels.      

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Abbie Entz

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Abbie is working on the metabolism of plant oil production in the seeds of Camelina. She works with Lisa Carey

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Leann Lerie Matta          

Research Technician 2010       

Leann is using metabolic flux analysis methods to analyze developing plant seeds with genetically altered metabolism.      

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Tina Martin    

Research Technician 2010

Tina is working to establish kinetic methods for acyl flux analysis in developing Camelina embryos, to generate an accurate map describing lipid acyl fluxes, then apply the map to provide guidance in the manipulation of oil content and composition of oilseeds. She is also working on kinetic flux analysis of cell wall precursors.

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Mike Opperman    

MD-Ph.D. Graduate Student

Michael is developing models of central metabolism in industrially and clinically important micro-organisms. By testing and using these models he aims to understand and ultimately improve the treatability and usefulness of pathogenic and biotechnological organisms.  

 

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Mike Pollard 

Visiting Professor 2011

My interests span the chemistry and biochemistry of plant natural products and lipids, with a current emphasis on vegetable oils (triacylglycerols) and the lipid polymers cutin and suberin.  I am currently studying methods to improve lipid acyl flux maps in seed and leaves.

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Nathan Praschan    

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nathan’s research is on the effects of evolution on the metabolism and growth of E. Coli strains. He works with Wilson Chen.    

        

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