Scientific Advisory Board Member
Mohnen’s research centers on the biosynthesis, function and structure of plant cell wall polysaccharides and glycoconjugates. Through USDA, NSF and DOE-funded research she and her research team identified plant cell wall pectic biosynthetic glycosyltransferases and novel cell wall matrix glycan-containing proteoglycans and have shown that these polymers are critical for plant growth and cell wall structure. Her current research is on pectin and cell wall glycoconjugate biosynthetic mechanisms and structure-function relationships of the synthesized polymers. This information is being used for directed modification of plant cell wall glycosyltransferase expression in planta to produce biomass with enhanced growth and improved properties for bioproduct production.