報告題目：Analysis of Biomass Structure and Processing Using Antibody Probes
報 告 人：Prof. Michael G. Hahn
工作單位：University of Georgia, USA
Dr. Hahn received a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in Independent Studies in 1974 from the University of Oregon and his Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1981 from the University of Colorado. A postdoctoral research associate appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in plant pathology followed, after which Dr. Hahn went to the Albert-Ludwigs-Universi?t (Freiburg, Germany) with the support of an Alexander-von-Humboldt stipend. Following another post-doctoral research associate appointment at the Salk Institute (San Diego, CA), Dr. Hahn joined the CCRC in July 1986.
His laboratory studies the cell biology and biosynthesis of plant cell walls. Plant cell walls play major roles in the biology of plants. Examples of these roles include controlling the growth and shape of plant cells, tissues, organs, and ultimately the entire plant, regulating the movement of nutrients and signals within the apoplast and toward the plasma membrane, serving as the first line of defense against path-ogens and environmental stresses, and acting as a source of signaling molecules important in plant development and defense. Plant cell walls are also the principal component of plant biomass, which has become a focal point in the search for alternative and renewable sources of energy (biofuels).
Micheal G. Hahn教授的研究領域主要是細胞壁多糖的合成調控機理。他領導的實驗室在半纖維生物合成途徑研究方面取得了一系列重要突破，解析了GATL和FUT基因家族在半纖維素合成中的作用機制。開發了170余種多糖單克隆抗體，用于細胞壁多糖的準確和靈敏檢測，并提供給世界各國相關科研工作者使用，現已成為國際上該領域頗有知名度的專家。