Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Arntzen, Charles J.
Location Arizona State University
Primary Field Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Secondary Field Plant Biology
 Election Citation
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 Research Interests
Dr. Arntzen pioneered studies of chloroplast membrane structural dynamics in relation to photosynthetic light harvesting efficiency. This led to research on small molecule binding sites in membrane proteins and an understanding how genetic mutation could lead to herbicide resistance. His subsequent career used tools of plant molecular biology and protein engineering, as well as the utilization of plant biotechnology for enhancement of food quality and value, for expression of pharmacologically active products in transgenic plants, and for overcoming health and agricultural constraints in the developing world. He introduced the concept of bio-manufacture of plant-based vaccines for human disease prevention (with special emphasis on needs of poor countries) and for disease prevention in animal agriculture. After 2001 this research was extended to creation of effective vaccines and therapeutics to reduce the threats of biowarfare agents.

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