Eleanore Wurtzel, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, CUNY Plant Sciences PhD subprogram
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, New York 10468 USA
Ph.D., Molecular Biology, SUNY Stony Brook
Postdoc: Brookhaven National Laboratory- NSF Fellowship in Plant Biology
Postdoc: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
AAAS fellow 2006
Fellow of ASPB 2012
Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Works Award, Lehman College (2009)
RESEARCH Research in the Wurtzel laboratory is directed at solving a global health problem of vitamin A deficiency that affects 250,000,000 children worldwide and leads to increased childhood mortality. World wide Vitamin A deficiency is linked to diets deficient specifically in pro-vitamin A carotenoids. To alleviate this public health problem, investigations incorporate tools of molecular biology, structural biology, biochemistry, chemistry, bioinformatics, genetics, and biotechnology. Current research in the Wurtzel laboratory incorporates such tools to investigate carotenoid accumulation in important food crops such as maize, wheat, and rice. The present goal is to understand, at the molecular and biochemical level, how plants regulate the biosynthesis and accumulation of provitamin A carotenoids in the seed endosperm tissue. This research, funded by the NIH for over 20 years, is leading to improved strategies for predicting plant chemistry and enhancing provitamin A carotenoid content. These studies are producing knowledge needed to develop healthier and more stress-resilient crops for sustainable solutions to malnutrition and meeting the challenges of food security in the face of climate change.POSITIONS (link for application and other info)
Associate Editor: Frontiers in Plant Physiology
Gordon Research Conferences- Board of Trustees (2012-18)
Founder and first Chair- Gordon Research Conference on Plant Metabolic Engineering (2005)
Chair, 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Carotenoids
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