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Year Started at JMU: 1992
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Research Description

We are interested in learning about the roles that a family of starch hydrolases called beta-amylases (BAMs) play in the metabolism of starch in plants. Our work uses the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and is currently focused on BAM2 because it has unusual structural and catalytic properties. We study the properties of the purified enzyme after expressing it in E. coli, and we also investigate starch metabolism in plants that are missing the BAM2 protein.

  • Protein Structure and Function (BIO 426)
  • Plant Physiology (455/555)

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  • PhD in Plant Biology, 1988, Cornell University
  • BS in Botany, 1982, University of Michigan
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