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 (plantsarechemists.blogspot.com) or twitter blog (@PlantsRChemists, #PhytochemicalFriday).