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I am Assistant Professor for Plant Biotechnology at the University of
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==Current Address==
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Hohenheim, Germany, working on pathway engineering in plants.
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Dr. Axel Schwekendiek<BR>
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Assistant Professor <BR>
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University of Northern Iowa<BR>
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Dept. of Biology<BR>
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Cedar Falls, IA, 50614-0421<BR>
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USA<BR>
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phone: +1 (319) 273-2454<BR>
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fax: +1 (319) 273-7125<BR>
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Email: mailto:axel.schwekendiek@uni.edu<BR>
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Our work uses genetic engineering to develop sustainable and economic ''in planta'' production systems for pharmaceutically valuable natural products. Since a major focus of our work actually is on production, we are focussing on model plants of broader economic importance for which extraction and processing systems are already in place. We found the hop plant (''Humulus lupulus'' L.) being an interesting target because it perfectly meets this condition. Furthermore, although hops (the female flowers of the hop plant) is mainly used as an ingredient for beer, the hop plant - a member of the Cannabinaceae family - has long been known for its many medicinal uses as well. Interestingly, hops contain one of the most potent phytoestrogens known from plants. Furthermore, highly active anti-cancer compounds have also been identified recently in hops. However, both of these unique compounds are produced in very low quantities in hops which currently limits their further exploitation. Therefore, our aims are (a) to dissect the molecular pathways leading to production of these medicinally valuable compounds in hops, (b) to clone the corresponding genes and regulatory elements, and (c) to modify the biosynthetic routes in transgenic hop in order to increase their production ''in planta''. The successful development of transgenic hop with increased content of pharmaceutically active compounds has a great potential to open up new high value markets for the hop industry.
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==Who am I?==
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I have my foundation in plant biochemistry and plant biotechnology with a strong focus on the development of 'value added plants'. Since I moved to Hohenheim I did a lot of teaching and developed a strong interest in synthetic biology. Although I joined the evaluation panel for projects submitted under the Synthetic Biology initiative of the NEST Pathfinder call of the EU in 2004, I am still looking for a role of plant science in Synthetic Biology. I have the impression that plant sciences are under represented in the field of Synthetic Biology and I am wondering why.  
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Beginning with the fall semester 2006, I have joined the biology faculty of the University of Northern Iowa. I have plans to more engage in Synthetic Biology research and I hope that I will find ways to emphasize the specific advantages of plants in this endeavour. I very much like the idea of the Wiki and especially that of OpenWetWare. Thanks to everybody who made this possible and to those who contribute to its content.
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2006-current: Assistant Professor for Biology, Univ of Northern Iowa, IA, USA<BR>
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2000-2006: Postdoc Plant Biotechnology, Univ of Hohenheim, Germany<BR>
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1999-2000: Postdoc Plant Pathology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA<BR>
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1995-1998: Database Admin and Software Developer, Genoma GmbH, Germany<BR>
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1994: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Univ of Marburg, Germany<BR>
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1991: M.Sc. in Chemistry, Univ. of Marburg, Germany<BR>
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==Research Interests==
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[[Schwekendiek Lab]]
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--[[User:Axel|Axel]] 08:34, 22 March 2006 (EST)

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Current Address

Dr. Axel Schwekendiek
Assistant Professor
University of Northern Iowa
Dept. of Biology
Cedar Falls, IA, 50614-0421
USA

phone: +1 (319) 273-2454
fax: +1 (319) 273-7125
Email: mailto:axel.schwekendiek@uni.edu

Who am I?

I have my foundation in plant biochemistry and plant biotechnology with a strong focus on the development of 'value added plants'. Since I moved to Hohenheim I did a lot of teaching and developed a strong interest in synthetic biology. Although I joined the evaluation panel for projects submitted under the Synthetic Biology initiative of the NEST Pathfinder call of the EU in 2004, I am still looking for a role of plant science in Synthetic Biology. I have the impression that plant sciences are under represented in the field of Synthetic Biology and I am wondering why.

Beginning with the fall semester 2006, I have joined the biology faculty of the University of Northern Iowa. I have plans to more engage in Synthetic Biology research and I hope that I will find ways to emphasize the specific advantages of plants in this endeavour. I very much like the idea of the Wiki and especially that of OpenWetWare. Thanks to everybody who made this possible and to those who contribute to its content.

2006-current: Assistant Professor for Biology, Univ of Northern Iowa, IA, USA
2000-2006: Postdoc Plant Biotechnology, Univ of Hohenheim, Germany
1999-2000: Postdoc Plant Pathology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
1995-1998: Database Admin and Software Developer, Genoma GmbH, Germany
1994: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Univ of Marburg, Germany
1991: M.Sc. in Chemistry, Univ. of Marburg, Germany

Research Interests

Schwekendiek Lab

--Axel 08:34, 22 March 2006 (EST)

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