Nikolau presents at international lipids symposium

June 20, 2016

Basil Nikolau was an invited speaker at the International Symposium on Lipids Science and Health held May 26-27 at the Oil Crops Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) in Wuhan, China.

His presentation addressed recent advances in identification and characterization of plant cell biocatalytic components that comprise fatty acid synthase, and illustrated how these catalytic machines can be bioengineered to impact global sources of dietary fats and oils and improve human health.

The meeting culminated in the signing of a statement of multi-lateral international collaboration among fourteen institutions in six countries, including Iowa State University, focusing on joint research and capacity building. Collaborative efforts will encompass joint application for research support, and technology transfer, encouragement of joint research activities in lipid science, exchange of scientific staff and students, exchange of information and materials, and co-organization of academic conferences.