Aaron H Liepman, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Eastern Michigan University. The Liepman lab aims to understand the functions of enzymes involved in cell wall biosynthesis, and the physiological functions of their polysaccharide products.
Plant cell walls affect many aspects of plant physiology and provide the largest source of renewable biomass within the biosphere. Polysaccharides are major constituents of plant cell walls, and these carbohydrates serve a multitude of uses (food, biofuels, fiber, forage, fodder, etc.). Despite the importance and abundance of plant cell wall polysaccharides, much remains unknown about their synthesis and functions. Fundamental knowledge about the characteristics and functions of enzymes involved in plant cell wall polysaccharide biosynthesis is needed to provide a foundation to enable future efforts to tailor plant cell wall structure and composition for various applications.