Beth Sattely


Monday, May 1, 2017, 4:15pm to 5:15pm


Pfizer Lecture Hall

Professor Beth Sattely, Stanford University. "Discovery and Engineering of Plant Chemistry." Woodward CCB Departmental Colloquium.Abstract:  Plants are some of the best chemists on the planet and produce an impressive array of small molecules. We are inspired by the fact that humans have become extraordinarily reliant on plants and plant-derived molecules for food, medicine, and energy. However, remarkably little is known about how plants make these molecules, limiting our ability to engineer plant metabolic pathways. New plant genome sequences and synthetic biology tools have opened the door to three transformative research areas under investigation in my lab: 1) Identifying the minimum set of enzymes required to make known plant-derived molecules and non-natural derivatives through metabolic engineering, and 2) discovering new molecules from plants, and 3) developing new strategies to sustainably enhance plant fitness. In this talk, I will describe some of our recent efforts to accelerate the discovery of complete plant pathways for known and novel molecules, not only in the model plant Arabidopsis but also in non-model plants.