Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Bryan Leong

Bryan Leong, first author of Specialized metabolism in a non-model nightshade: trichome acylinositol biosynthesis

Current position: Post-doctoral associate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Last lab at Michigan State University

Education: Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Michigan State University

Non-scientific interests: reading, camping, and brewing

Brief bio: I have always been interested in metabolism and biochemistry, but it took until senior year in my undergraduate studies to realize that plants were far better chemists than many other organisms. My research career started at the University of Michigan studying terpenoid biosynthesis, which led into doctoral research on acylsugars in Solanaceae plants. I hope to use the skills and knowledge gained in combination with synthetic biology advances to improve plants and increase the benefits to humans in the process.