A virtual seminar series for the phytochemistry community.

Talks at 12pm EST every other Friday.

Organized by: Lucas Busta (University of Minnesota-Duluth, USA), Lars Kruse (University of British Columbia, Canada), Gaurav Moghe (Cornell University, USA)

Fall 2023 / Spring 2024 Lineup

Spring 2023 Lineup

Jaynee Hart

Postdoctoral Researcher, Last Lab

Michigan State University

September 15th, 2023

A novel acylsugar pathway in tomato roots illuminates BAHD acyltransferase activity


Sombir Rao

Postdoctoral Researcher

USDA-ARS/Cornell University, Li Lab

September 29th, 2023

Nudix domain-containing proteins: novel posttranslational regulators of carotenoid biosynthesis


Mackenzie Cooley

Assistant Professor

Hamilton College

October 13th, 2023

New Worlds of Drug Discovery: Path Dependency in the Early Modern Atlantic Pharmacopeia


Carlos Eduardo Rodriguez Lopez

Profesor Investigador

Tecnologico de Monterrey

October 27th, 2023

Apples and oranges: Using comparative biochemistry to predict biosynthetic pathways


Marco Pellegrini

Staff Scientist

Kew Botanical Gardens, UK

November 10th, 2023

Welcome to Chromatica: Colors, diversity, secret languages, pop culture, and queer-coding


Katharina Vollheyde

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Copenhagen

November 24th, 2023

An improved Nicotiana benthamiana bioproduction chassis provides novel insights into nicotine biosynthesis


Charlay Wood

Graduate Student, Lichman Lab

University of York

December 8th, 2023

First steps of Δ1-piperideine-derived alkaloid biosynthesis in Flueggea suffruticosa

Website: Ben Lichman Lab

Chenxin Li

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Georgia

January 12th, 2023

Cell-type-aware regulatory landscapes of monoterpene indole alkaloid biosynthesis


Boaz Negin

Postdoctoral Researcher, Georg Jander Lab

Boyce Thompson Institute, USA

January 26th, 2023

The function of three Nicotiana benthamiana defensive compounds in a natural setting


Sara El Alaoui

Postdoctoral Researcher

Argonne National Laboratory, USA

February 9th, 2023

Metabolic modeling of micronutrient networks in the KBase PlantSEED ecosystem


Andre Kessler


Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

February 23th, 2023

TBD: Chemical ecology


Armando Alcazar

Senior Researcher

University of British Columbia, Canada

March 8th, 2023

Advancing Plant Research through Mass Spectrometry: Applications and Resources for Plant Scientists


Alex Wilson

Assistant Professor

Northern Michigan University

March 22nd, 2023

Supporting Independent Inquiry into Medicinal Plant Chemistry in the Context of Undergraduate Education


Anya Lindström Battle

Graduate student, Sweetlove lab

University of Oxford, UK

April 5th, 2024

From Plants to Plastic: Developing Marchantia polymorpha as a Testbed for Metabolic Engineering


Alexandra Crum

Graduate student, Ya Yang Lab

University of Minnesota

April 19th, 2024

A multi-omics approach to investigating tyrosine- and phenylalanine-derived specialized metabolism in Caryophyllales


Allison Barnes

Postdoctoral researcher, Rellán Álvarez Lab

North Carolina State University, USA

May 3rd, 2024

Alexandra Bennett

PhD student, Stephen Hann lab

Institute of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna

May 17th, 2024

Improving non‐targeted analysis coverage when assessing rhizosphere chemical communication

Boas Pucker


Technische Universität Braunschweig

January 13th, 2023

Evolutionary blocks to anthocyanin accumulation in betalain-pigmented Caryophyllales


Austin Weigle

Graduate Student, Diwakar Shukla lab

University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign

January 27th, 2023

Structural biology of SWEET transporters: What influences substrate specificity?


Charles Hawkins

Chief Curator, Plant Metabolic Network

Carnegie Institute of Science

February 10th, 2023

Plant Metabolic Network: Predicting and visualizing metabolic reactions in the plant kingdom


Yulin Sun

Postdoctoral researcher

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

February 24th, 2023

Biosynthesis of plant wax β-diketones: a type-III polyketide synthase condensing two fatty acyl units

Jakob Franke

Associate Professor

Leibniz University Hannover

March 10th, 2023

Elucidating quassinoid biosynthesis in the invasive tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima).


Arjun Khakhar

Assistant Professor

Colorado State University

March 24th, 2023

Synthetic biology approaches to examine the nexus of plant metabolism and development


Tomas Pluskal

Assistant Professor

IOCB - Prague

April 7th, 2023

Prediction of terpene synthase substrates and products directly from enzyme sequences using self-supervised deep learning


Yann-Ru Lou

Assistant Professor

University of California, Davis

April 21st, 2023

It happened again: convergent evolution of acylglucose specialized metabolism in black nightshade and wild tomato


Rahul Roy

Assistant Professor

St. Catherine University

May 5th, 2023

Nectar chemistry: secrets and evolutionary perspectives.


Thuy Dang

Assistant Professor

University of British Columbia - Okanagan

May 26th, 2023

Oxidative enzymes in scaffolding and decorating alkaloid structures.


Hannah Parks

Graduate Student, Barry Lab

Michigan State University

June 2nd, 2023

Redirecting tropane alkaloid metabolism reveals pyrrolidine alkaloid diversity in Atropa belladonna.