Kent Chapman | Department of Biological Sciences

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Kent Chapman

Kent Chapman
Regents Professor, Director of the Biodiscovery Institute- Plant Biochemisty
LIFE Sciences B414
Dr. Chapman's research interests include biochemistry, plant cell biology, lipid signaling, and metabolic engineering.

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Dr. Kent Chapman teaches classes in the following areas: cell biology, biology of higher plants, advanced research experiences, and advanced cell biology.


Doctor of Philosophy in botany; Dissertation Title: "The Cellular Origin of Membrane Lipids for Enlarging Cottonseed Glyoxysomes" Arizona State University

Bachelor of Arts in biology, Lycoming College


Chapman's specific research projects are in the following topics:

  • regulation of lipid metabolism in plants
  • lipid signaling
  • metabolic pathway engineering of vegetable oils
  • bioenergy
  • bio-based applications

Selected Publications:

1. Romsdahl, T., Shirani, A., Minto, R.E. Zhang, C, Cahoon, E.B., Chapman, K.D., Berman, D. (2019) Nature-Guided Synthesis of Advanced Bio-Lubricants. Scientific Reports 9, 1171. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-48165-6.

2. Chapman KD, Aziz M, Dyer JM, Mullen RT (2019) Mechanisms of lipid droplet biogenesis Biochemical Journal 476 (13): 1929-1942.

3. Stoeckman AK, Y Cai, KD Chapman (2019) iCURE (iterative course-based undergraduate research experience): A case-study. Biochem and Molec Biol Ed, 47(5): 565-72,

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