Curriculum Vitae: CHAOFU LU
Beijing Agricultural University
Beijing Agricultural University
Inst. Genetics, Chin. Acad. Sci.
John Innes Centre, UK
Washington State University
Plant Genetics and Breeding
Horticulture (Vegetable Crops)
Molecular Genetics
Postdoc, Plant lipids
Postdoc, Plant lipids
B.S., 1988
M.S., 1991
Ph.D., 1998
Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Montana State University,
Bozeman, MT (8/2008-present)
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Montana State
University, Bozeman, MT (8/2005-8/2008)
Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Genetics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1991-1996)
Five Publications Related to This Proposal
1. Bates, P., Fatihi, A., Snapp, A., Carlsson, A., Browse, J., and Lu, C., 2012. Acyl editing and
headgroup exchange are the major mechanisms that direct polyunsaturated fatty acid flux
into triacylglycerols. Plant Physiol. 160, 1530-1539.
2. Lu C., Xin Z., Ren Z., Miquel M. and Browse J., 2009. An enzyme regulating triacylglycerol
composition is encoded by the ROD1 gene of Arabidopsis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA,
3. Lu C., Napier J., Clemente T. and Cahoon E., 2011. New frontiers in oilseed biotechnology:
Meeting the global demand for vegetable oils for food, feed, biofuel, and industrial
applications. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol., 22: 252-259.
4. Kang J., Snapp A. and Lu C., 2011. Identification of three genes encoding microsomal oleate
desaturases (FAD2) from the oilseed crop Camelina Sativa. Plant Physiol. Biochem., 49:
5. Lu C., Bayon de Noyer S., Hobbs D., Kang J., Wen Y., Krachtus D. and Hills M., 2003.
Expression pattern of diacylglycerol acyltransferase-1, an enzyme involved in triacylglycerol
biosynthesis, in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Mol. Biol. 52(1):31-41.
Five Other Significant Publications
6. Hu, Z., Ren, Z., and Lu, C., 2012. The phosphatidylcholine diacylglycerol cholinephosphotransferase is required for efficient hydroxy fatty acid accumulation in transgenic
Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 158, 1944-1954.
7. Chen, G., Lin J. and Lu C., 2011. Hydroxy fatty acid synthesis and lipid gene expression
during seed development in Lesquerella fendleri (L.) Ind. Crops Prod., 34:1286-1292.
8. Lu C. and Kang J., 2008. Generation of transgenic plants of a potential oilseed crop Camelina
sativa by Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. Plant Cell Rep., 27: 273-278.
9. Lu C., Wallis J. and Browse J., 2007. Analysis of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) from a fulllength cDNA library of developing castor seeds. BMC Plant Biol., 7 (1):42.
10. Lu C., Fulda M., Wallis J. and Browse J., 2006. A high-throughput screen for genes from castor
that boost hydroxy fatty acid accumulation in seed oils of transgenic Arabidopsis. Plant J. 45,
Co-editor (Chaofu Lu, John Browse and Jim Wallis), 2011, “cDNA libraries: Methods and
Applications” in the “Methods in Molecular Biology” series (John Walker ed., Springer)
Grant Review Panelist of US DOE Genome Science and Technology for Energy and the
Environment, 2010
Reviewer for several international research grant proposals and progress reports; Ad hoc reviewer
for journals such as Plant J., Plant Physiol., Plant Biotech. J., etc.
Invited speaker at numerous academic and industrial venues including Gordon Research
Conference in Plant Lipids (2011, 2009, 2013).
Course Instructor: Plant Physiology (BIOO433); Co-instructor: Introduction to Biotechnology
and Laboratory (PSPP 120).
Douglas Allen, Danforth Plant Science Center
Illimar Altosaar, University of Ottawa
Philip Bates, Washington State University
Brian Beecher, Washington State University
John Browse, Washington State University
Edgar Cahoon, University of Nebraska
Anders Carlsson, Swedish Univ. Agri. Sci.
Grace Chen, USDA ARS
Thomas Clemente, University of Nebraska
Jill Collins-Silva, University of Nebraska
Michael Giroux, Montana State University
Jan Jaworski, Danforth Plant Science Center
David Kramer, Michigan State University
Jiann-Tsyh Lin, USDA ARS
John Martin, Montana state University
Martine Miquel, INRA, France
Johnathan Napier, Rothamsted Institute, UK
Basil Nikolau, Iowa State University
John Ohlrogge, Michigan State University
Richard Sayre, Los Alamos Natl Laboratory
John Shanklin, Brookhaven Natl Laboratory
Michael Wall, University of Ottawa
James Wallis, Washington State University
Xuemin Wang, Danforth Plant Science Center
Zhanguo Xin, USDA ARS
Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisors and Advisees
John A. Browse, Washing State University
Matthew J. Hills, Norwich Research Park, UK
Jeffrey L. Bennetzen, University of Georgia
Lihuang Zhu, Institute of Genetics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Fellows supervised: Abdelhak Fahiti, Ananya Mukherjee, Zhonghai Ren,
Zhaohui Hu
Graduate Students: Niranjan Aryal, Anna Snapp