Jorg Schwender, a biochemist in the Lab's Biosciences Department, received tenure for his creative research to advance fundamental understandings of central carbon metabolism in plants—particularly for research on plant seed oil synthesis with integrated experimental and modeling approaches that involve isotope labeling, metabolic flux analysis, and computational modeling and simulation of metabolic networks. This research provides fundamental knowledge of biochemical processes that is important for developing and optimizing plants for renewable biofuels.
2013 was a banner year for science at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory—from our contributions to Nobel Prize-winning research to new insights into catalysts, superconductors, and other materials key to advancing energy-efficient technologies.
Enhancing expression of key genes required for oil production and accumulation in plant leaves resulted in vastly increased oil content—a finding that could have important implications for increasing the energy content of plant-based foods and renewable biofuel feedstocks.
Before dawn on three days in July, scientists and students gathered to begin the process of deploying 200 air samplers and seven perfluorocarbon tracer release units as part of the joint Brookhaven Lab/New York City Police Department Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange project.