Lars Kruse studied Biology at Kiel University, Germany. For his Master’s he studied the biosynthesis and evolution of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in different Boraginaceae species. He started his PhD at Kiel University in the molecular evolution and biochemical ecology lab of Prof. Dietrich Ober in 2012, continuing his research on identifying enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of pyrrolizidine alkaloids using highly integrative approaches. After finishing his PhD at the University of Kiel in 2017, he joined the newly founded evolutionary and biochemical genomics lab of Asst. Prof. Gaurav Moghe at Cornell University where he continues his research on metabolic pathways and large enzyme families as a model for studying the evolution of metabolic diversity. Overall, he is interested in understanding how plants have evolved such a diversity of metabolic functions and how humans can benefit from the plethora of potentially useful but undiscovered metabolites and enzymes in plants.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
4:17 PM – 4:32 PM EDT