Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh

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Plant Biology

Offices and Labs

1224 Life Sciences Addition


1977 PhD Stress Physiology Sussex University, United Kingdom
1972 BS Biology Pahlavi University, Shiraz, Iran

Research Interests

Structural, molecular and biochemical analysis of fatty acid biosynthetic enzymes; Regulatory mechanism(s) controlling oxylipin branch pathways; molecular genetics of lipid signaling.

Department and Center Affiliations

Plant Biology

Specialties / Focus

Plant Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genomics
  • Environmental and Integrative Biology

Teaching Interests

Plant biology, Plant physiology, Biotechnology, Plant molecular biology and signal transduation.


PLB 111 Plant Physiology


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  • Larson, T. R. Edgell, T., Byrne, J., Dehesh, K., and Graham I. A. 2002. Acyl CoA profiles of transgenic plants that accumulate medium chain fatty acids indicate inefficient triacylglycerol synthesis. The Plant Journal. 32: 519-527.
  • Dehesh, K. 2001. How can we genetically engineer oilseed crops to produce high levels of medium-chain fatty acids? European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology. 103: 688-697.
  • Dehesh, K., Tai, H., Edwards, P., Byrne, J and Jaworski, J. 2001. Overexpression of 3-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein synthase IIIs (KASIII) in plants reduces the rate of lipid synthesis. Plant physiol. . 125: 1103-1114.
  • Moche, M., Dehesh, K., Edwards, P, and Lindqvist, 2001. The crystal structure of the Ã?-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein synthase II from synechocystis Sp at 1.54 Ã? resolution and relationship to other condensing enzymes. Journal of Molecular Biology. 305: 491-503.
  • Dehesh, K. 2000. Plant Lipid Biotechnology and GMOs . European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology. 102: 715-717.
  • Basu, D., Dehesh, K., Schneider-Poetsch, H. J., Harrington, S. E., McCouch, S. R., and Quail, P. 2000. Rice PHYC gene: structure, expression, map position and evolution. Plant Mol. Biol. 44: 27-42.
  • Wiberg,E., Edwards,P., Byrne, J. , Stymne, S., and Dehesh, K. 2000 . The distribution of caprylate,caprate and laurate in lipids from developing and mature seeds of transgenic Brassica napus L. Planta. 212: 33-40.
  • Froman, B., Edwards, P., Bursch, A., and Dehesh, K. 2000. ACX3; A novel medium-chain Acyl-CoA oxidase from Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 123: 733-741.
  • Val, D., Lindquvist, L., Banu, B., Seshadri, K, and Dehesh, K. 2000. Re-engineering ketoacyl synthase specificity. Structure folding and design. 8: 565-566.