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John C. Sedbrook​, PhD

Professor of Genetics

Coordinator, School Biological Sciences Bioenergy Master's sequence​

Project Lead, DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC)​


Postdoc: Carnegie Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA PhDUniversity of Wisconsin, Dept. of Genetics, Madison, WI


Lab Overview

Members of the Sedbrook lab are performing basic and translational research aimed at identifying molecular genetic mechanisms that can be exploited to improve crops for human use, in particular as new bioenergy crops. The lab's two main research foci are:

1) Understanding and manipulating secondary cell wall formation in grasses to improve biomass deconstruction properties for biofuels generation without compromising plant health.

2) Rapidly domesticating pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) as a new winter annual oilseed cover crop to be grown in temperate regions of the world including throughout the U.S. Midwest Corn Belt.

 

Current Funding

DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), 2007-2017. The GLBRC is one of three $25 million per year Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Centers (DOE BRCs) with a mission to perform basic research aimed at breaking barriers to the efficient, economic and sustainable generation of biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass. Learn about GLBRC research

USDA-NIFA/DOE Plant Feedstocks Genomics for Bioenergy, 2014-2017. Advancing field pennycress as a new oilseed biodiesel and jet fuel feedstock that does not require new land commitments.


Awards​

Illinois State University 2006 Research Initiative Award. This award is given to faculty members who have initiated a promising research agenda early in their academic careers.​​​​​

Illinois State University Million Dollar Club (Inducted in 2012). To date, Dr. Sedbrook has secured over $2 million in extramural funding his lab's research.


Contact

John Sedbrook                                                                                                                       School of Biological Sciences                                                                                               Illinois State University                                                                                                            Campus Box 4120                                                                                                                   Normal, IL 61790 USA

Phone: (309) 438-3374                                                                                                          Fax: (309) 438-3722                                                                                                       Email: jcsedbr@ilstu.edu​​                      

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