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Ackerson Memorial Seminar - Dr. Christoph Benning, Michigan State University

A Role for Lipids in Stress Responses

4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Beadle Center Room: E103
1901 Vine St
Lincoln NE 68503
Directions: Beadle Center is located at 1901 Vine St. on UNL’s City campus
Additional Info: BEAD
Target Audiences:
Diana Bonham, (402) 472-2932,
I have been working for over 30 years on different aspects of lipid metabolism in photosynthetic organisms. My lab discovered and studies proteins involved in the biosynthesis of polar lipids of the photosynthetic membrane, the exchange of membrane lipid precursors between the ER and the chloroplast envelope membranes and the respective contact sites, and proteins involved in lipid remodeling as adaption to abiotic stresses. We discovered a transcription factor governing the biosynthesis of storage lipids in plant embryos and used it for biotechnological applications. My lab has also applied genomic and genetic approaches to identify key regulatory factors and enzymes required for triacylglycerol biosynthesis, lipid droplet formation, and lipid turnover in microalgae. I coordinated the sequencing and publication of the first Nannochloropsis oceanica genome and we developed synthetic biology tools for this microalga. A more comprehensive description of my career highlights can be found at:

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This event originated in Biochemistry.