Friday, December 2, 2016


It seems like time goes by faster and faster the more of it we can look back on as we age. It is with that thought that I can hardly believe Thanksgiving has already past us by this year. Before this subject is completely buried in the oncoming holiday rush, I wanted to revisit a classic paper on gibberellin biosynthesis using pumpkin as an experimental system.

Defining metabolite: ent kaurene
Defining enzymes: copalyl diphosphate synthase and ent kaurene synthase
Function: First steps in gibberellin biosynthesis, essential plant growth hormones

It is alive!

After a long silence, I return with important news: I have recently started a new position at the University of Toronto in the Department of Biology. This new position, while carrying many important new responsibilities (e.g. teaching classes) will enable me to expand my research activities considerably. At the same time, I look forward to using this forum to post about teaching material I will be developing for my new course starting January of 2017: Plant Metabolism and Metabolomics. If you are a student at the U of T interested in plant biochemistry or metabolomics style analytics, please consider signing up for my class. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Here is my new affiliation and contact information:

Department of Biology and Graduate Program in Cell and Systems Biology
University of Toronto