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Associate Professor in Metabolic Engineering


Education

  • Ph.D. Biotechnology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • M.Sc. Biotechnology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • B.Sc. Biochemical Engineering, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa(UAM-I), Mexico

Teaching Specialties

  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Topics in Molecular Biosciences
  • Advanced Biochemistry

Research Interests

  • Plant metabolic engineering
  • Vitamin C metabolism
  • Plant stress tolerance
  • Phytoremediation

Affiliations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science 
  • American Chemical Society 
  • American Society of Plant Biologists 
  • Phytochemical Society of North America 
  • Society for In Vitro Biology
  • Sigma Xi

Biography

Lorence grew up in Mexico, and joined ABI/ASU in 2005. She was at Virginia Tech before coming to Arkansas. Her life-long passion is biochemistry. Lorence was part of the team that in 2004 published the discovery of a new biosynthetic pathway for vitamin C in plants. At ASU Lorence leads a research team involved in understanding how plants make this essential vitamin using myo-inositol as the main building block. Her group also studies how vitamin C delays aging and contributes to confer plants tolerance to stresses. Her current model plants of study are: Arabidopsis, tobacco, tomato, rice and soybeans.