Dr. Alan Myers

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Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology
Member, Genetics Major Committee, Teaches: GEN 313, GEN 491
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Dr. Myers is a geneticist and biochemist whose research investigates metabolism in the endosperm tissue of maize seeds. This tissue provides the great majority of starch and protein in maize grain and so is a critical component of the food and renewable resources on our planet. Dr. Myers' applies genetic engineering towards two practical outcomes, namely  overcoming the yield loss that occurs in high temperature environments such as those expected in the coming decades, and adjusting the nature of the seed storage compounds in order to enhance the nutritional quality of maize grain. 

Area of Expertise: 
Maize seed metabolism
genetic engineering
Education: 
B.S., Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, 1977
Ph.D., Genetics, Duke University, 1983
Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University, 1983-1986
Contact
515-294-9548
2110 Molecular Biology Building, 2437 Pammel Drive
Ames
Iowa
50011-1079