Speakers for Fall 2022

Matilde Florean

September 9th, 2022

Reinventing pathways: convergent evolution of benzoxazinoids in flowering plants.


September 23rd, 2022


Ryan Nett

October 7th, 2022


Monica Scognamiglio

October 21st, 2022

NMR-based plant metabolomics: speeding up the discovery of bioactive specialized metabolites

Eliana Gonzalez Vigil

November 4th, 2022

A lesson from poplar on how to elongate very long chain fatty acids


November 18th, 2022



December 2nd, 2022



December 16th, 2022


Speakers for Spring 2022

--Genetic Underpinnings of Divergent Plant Metabolism--

Kira Tiedge

January 14th, 2022. 12pm EST.

Discovery and pathway elucidation of terpenoids and other specialized metabolites involved in abiotic stress responses. [RECORDING]

Bryan Leong

January 28th, 2022. 12pm EST.

How novel chemical phenotypes evolve: A case study using acylsugars. [RECORDING]

Christine Diepenbrock

February 11th, 2022. 12pm EST.

Genetics of carotenoids, kernel color, and vitamin E in maize grain. [not recorded]

Benjamin Lichman

February 18th, 2022. 12pm EST.

Unravelling Daphniphyllum alkaloid biosynthesis using mass spectrometry. [not recorded]

Jennifer Wisecaver

March 4th, 2022. 12pm EST.

Honor by association, leveraging global gene co-expression networks for specialized metabolic pathway discovery. [RECORDING]

Michael Easson

March 18th, 2022. 12pm EST.

When life gives you sugar: metabolic fates of plant activated defenses in phloem feeding insects. [RECORDING]

Tianhu Sun

April 1st, 2022. 12pm EST.

Multiple layers of regulation on carotenoid metabolism. [RECORDING]

Emmanuel Gacquerel

April 15th, 2022. 12pm EST.


Swathi Nadakuduti

April 29th, 2022. 12pm EST.

Exploring the genetic basis of pharmaceutical alkaloids from Mitragyna species.

Cynthia Holland

May 13th, 2022. 12pm EST.

The perks of being a wallflower: defense metabolism in a non-model crucifer.

Speakers for Fall 2021

--Metabolic Pathway Evolution--

Todd Barkman

October 15th, 2021

Evolution of caffeine biosynthesis in flowering plants.

Elisabeth Kaltenegger

October 29th, 2021

Evolution of Pyrrolizidine Alkaloid Biosynthesis in the Convolvulaceae. [RECORDING]

Craig Schenck

November 12, 2021

Production of structurally diverse acylsugars through rapid screening of a promiscuous, yet specific, Nicotiana acuminata acylsugar pathway. [RECORDING]

Sandra Irmisch

December 3rd, 2021

A Novel Plant-Derived Anti-Diabetic Compound: From metabolite biosynthesis to engineering production systems. [RECORDING]

Organizing Committee

Lucas Busta (University of Minnesota Duluth)

Lars Kruse (University of British Columbia)

Gaurav Moghe (Cornell University)

This seminar series was inspired by the Botanical Society of America's Phytochemistry Section.