Peter K. Lundquist
Michigan State University
1066 Bogue St
A494E Plant & Soil Science BldgDr. Peter K. Lundquist received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2012 studying chloroplast proteomics under the supervision of Dr. Klaas J. van Wijk. His doctoral period was supported in part by an NIH Chemistry-Biology graduate training grant. After completing his Ph.D., Peter continued his studies on chloroplasts in the laboratory of Dr. Andreas P. M. Weber in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he was supported by a post-doctoral fellowship jointly sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Bayer corporation. Shifting his research focus, Peter moved to the Noble Research Institute in 2016 where he worked with Drs. Wolf-Rüdiger Scheible and Michael Udvardi, studying effects of peptide hormones on plant root development traits.
In 2018 Peter accepted an assistant professor appointment in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Michigan State University within the Plant Resilience Institute. His research focuses on chloroplast biochemistry and particularly lipid-protein particles contained within chloroplasts called plastoglobules. These particles are highly relevant to abiotic stress tolerance, as his own research has indicated. Peter has developed a functional model implicating plastoglobules in turnover of numerous membrane lipid species during environmental stress. His research program bridges basic and translational research by unravelling the relationship of these dynamic particles to abiotic stress response. Driving his research is a three-fold desire to: i) manipulate plastoglobule-localized enzymes for crop bio-fortification by uncovering the full regulatory network of the plastoglobule, ii) design and localize biosynthetic pathways to the plastoglobule - on demand - for efficient production of high-value chemicals or biofuels (e.g. via metabolic channeling), and iii) determine the mechanism(s) governing exchange of metabolites between plastoglobule and thylakoid during thylakoid membrane remodeling.