Our group aims to improve crop productivity by modifying lipid metabolism for storage
oil biosynthesis and stress responses. To accomplish this, we study lipid synthesis
and signaling at biochemical, cellular, physiological and molecular level. Specifically,
our research aims to elucidate 1) the regulation of content and composition of nutritionally
rich storage oils, and 2) lipid-mediated stress response pathways in plants. A wide
range of tools from scanning electron microscopy to “omic” approaches is utilized
to address our research questions. Our focus on understanding the central aspects
of plant lipid synthesis and signaling is expected to generate tools necessary to
develop crops that are stress tolerant and with improved oil and energy content and
overall yield. For more information, please visit Dr. Kilaru's Laboratory Webpage.
Graduate and undergraduate students interested in research in the areas of plant biochemistry
and molecular biology are highly encouraged to contact me by email.