- Email Address
- [email protected]
- Research Areas
- Research Keywords
- Research Description
My lab aims to understand how plant synthesize lipids and how this could help us improve agriculture production, in particular the value of oils for food, feed, fuel, and materials.
- Research Summary
Research in the Xu laboratory focuses on plant and microalgal lipid metabolism. By applying state-of-the-art approaches in genetics, biochemistry, cellular biology, synthetic biology and biotechnology, we aim to address both fundamental and applied questions in the field. The major research objectives in our research group are to improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying acyl lipid assembly (e.g. triacylglycerols/oils, galactolipids/photosynthetic membrane lipids, phospholipids/membrane lipids) in photosynthetic organisms and to design lipid biosynthetic pathways to improve agriculture production and produce value-added oils for food, feed, fuel, and materials applications.
- Locations of international collaborators
Michigan State University (USA), Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia), Chinese Academy of Sciences (China), Southwest University (China), CSIRO Agriculture and Food (Australia).