Recognizing Plant Physiology first authors: Lucas Busta

Lucas Busta, first author of Identification of genes encoding enzymes catalyzing the early steps of carrot polyacetylene biosynthesis

Current Position: NSF Plant Genome Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Nebraska

Education: 2016 Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry University of British Columbia, 2011 B.Sc. Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology University of Minnesota-Duluth

Non-scientific Interests: Hiking, biking, camping, and music

Brief bio: I am fascinated by the unique chemistry biological systems use to survive harsh environments. My research unites classical analytical and organic chemistry with emerging high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies to understand the molecular structures, biosynthesis, bioactivities, and physical properties of plant chemicals, polymers, and composites. My goal is to use this approach to develop and apply new knowledge about chemical biology to sustaining and improving human life. You can read more about phytochemicals and the important roles they play in our daily lives and the global economy on my phytochemistry blog ( or twitter blog (@PlantsRChemists, #PhytochemicalFriday).