Lucas Busta, Postdoctoral Researcher

Starting Year:

2016

Contact Info:

Career Path:

Academics, balanced research and teaching

Prior Degrees Earned:

PhD - University of British Columbia - 2016

Fellowships/Awards Received:

NSF Plant Genome Research Fellowship - 2018

Lucas Busta

Laboratory Association(s):

Dr. Edgar Cahoon

Research Description:

I am fascinated by the unique chemistry that biological systems use to survive harsh environments. My research uses informatics to unite analytical chemistry with emerging high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing technologies to understand the biosynthesis and evolution of plant chemicals and enable biomimetic metabolic engineering. I aim to use this approach to develop and apply new knowledge about chemical biology to sustaining and improving human life.

I am fascinated by the unique chemistry that biological systems use to survive harsh environments. My research uses informatics to unite analytical chemistry with emerging high-throughput DNA and RNA sequencing technologies to understand the biosynthesis and evolution of plant chemicals and enable biomimetic metabolic engineering. I aim to use this approach to develop and apply new knowledge about chemical biology to sustaining and improving human life.

One of the most enjoyable parts of studying chemical biology is its interdisciplinary nature. This characteristic greatly facilitates the integration of research, teaching, and learning. I consistently strive to bring learners into the laboratory and to bring research into the classroom. As part of this, I take advantage of plants’ presence in our everyday lives to develop teaching materials that can be adapted for use both inside and outside the classroom: both in formal, advanced educational settings, and in public, family-friendly events.