Houston Saxe

MSc, Abhaya Dandekar Lab, Plant Sciences, Pomology/Fruits & Nuts, Walnut

Key words: Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Enzymology, Genetics

I am studying the biosynthesis of hydrolysable tannins (HT) in walnuts.  My research involves isolating genes that encode the enzymes that facilitate the chemical reactions within the HT pathway and then making genetic perturbations to learn more about their function(s) with respect to the pathway.  I will also be studying enzyme kinetics and substrate preferences to determine its role within the pathway and any effects it may have on other pathways.