Finding drugs in the garden: harnessing plant metabolic diversity

Autumn Science Lectures

Daubeny Lecture Theatre, Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ
£8 or £35 for the lecture series.
Cash only on the night.

 

Professor Anne Osbourn
John Innes Centre, Norwich

Professor Osbourn is Director of the Norwich Research Park Industrial Biotechnology Alliance and her research investigates plant natural product biosynthesis. Anne's discovery that the genes for many of these pathways are organised in clusters in plant genomes like ‘beads on a string’ has greatly accelerated the ability to find new pathways and chemistries of potential importance for the development of drugs and other useful compounds. She has also developed a synthetic biology platform for rapid gram-scale production, using triterpenes as an exemplar. The global importance of these methodologies for drug discovery and human health will be explored.

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