Christopher D. Skory

United States Department of Agriculture, USA

Christopher D. Skory has over twenty years of expertise in metabolic engineering, fungal physiology, molecular biology, heterologous protein expression, protein purification, and fermentation technology. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1992 from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich, USA, where he spent several years studying the genetic control mechanisms involved in production of aflatoxin, a fungal toxin produced by several species of Aspergillus. His early work on developing genetic methods for Aspergillus and identifying and characterizing key genes in the aflatoxin biosynthetic pathway significantly advanced our understanding of mycotoxin research. He then moved to Peoria, Ill, USA, to work for the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR), a federal research facility of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, where he has served as a Lead Scientist of multidisciplinary research teams developing new technologies for producing value-added products from biomass-derived sugars. His most recent work has focused on genetic modification of the fungus Rhizopus for increased production of organic acids for industrial applications. This research has emphasized the development of molecular biology methods (e.g., transformation, site-specific integration and gene replacement, RNAi), genome sequence analysis, and metabolic/transport mechanisms in Rhizopus.

Biography Updated on 26 February 2012

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