Plantae Presents: Claudia Vickers and Sue Rhee

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many seminar series and conferences have been canceled or postponed. In response to this, and to make sure plant scientists can continue to communicate their latest work to their peers, The American Society of Plant Biologists launched a virtual seminar series via our online community, Plantae. A list of upcoming seminars and recorded videos can be found here.

Plantae Presents – Claudia Vickers and Sue Rhee

Tues June 16th  9:00 pm – 10:00 pm (EDT)

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Claudia Vickers: Synthetic biology tools to engineer the production of plant natural products in microbial systems

Dr. Vickers is an Associate Professor at Australian National University. Her research program applies synthetic biology approaches to answering key fundamental biological questions and to development/improvement of industrial bio-processes. Dr. Vickers obtained a BSc in molecular biology from the University of Queensland in 1998 and a PhD in plant molecular biology (cereal crop biotechnology) through CSIRO Plant Industry and The University of Queensland in 2004. She held a post-doctoral position at The University of Essex and Visiting Scientist position at the University of Lancaster 2004-2007, where she worked on abiotic stress and isoprene production in plants. She returned to The University of Queensland in 2007, joining the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology to expand her research program into microbial metabolic engineering. Since then she has headed a group focused on the metabolism and physiology of the isoprenoid group of natural products. Dr. Vickers has worked with industry partners in a range of application areas to provide consulting expertise and deliver industry-focused outcomes. She has also acted as an advisor on synthetic biology and industrial biotechnology for the Australian Federal Government, the Queensland Government, and the Institute on Science for Global Policy. She has been working to develop and support synthetic biology across Australia and New Zealand for several years; as part of this initiative, she is founding President of Synthetic Biology Australasia (SBA). @ClaudiaEVickers





Sue Rhee: Challenges and opportunities in studying genes of unknown function 

Dr. Rhee is currently a Senior Staff Scientist in the Department of Plant Biology at The Carnegie Institution for Science. She obtained her BA in Biology from Swarthmore College and completed her PhD at Stanford University studying Molecular genetic analysis of cell separation during Arabidopsis thaliana pollen development under the advisement of Dr. Chris Somerville.  Before becoming a Carnegie staff scientist, she was director of one of the most widely used biological databases in the world the Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR). Today, her lab combines computational and experimental approaches to reveal molecular mechanisms underlying adaptive strategies in plants. @SueRhee2