January 15, 2020
Congratulation to Xinyu Fu, Yang H, Pangestu F, and Basil Nikolau on their new Plant Physiology article"Failure to Maintain Acetate Homestasis by Acetate-Activating Enzymes Impacts Plant Development". It is a cover page  !!!!!
December 13, 2019
Congratulation to Kiran Shivaiah, Geng Ding, Bryon Upton and Basil Nikolau on their new Plant Physiology article "Non-catalytic subunits facilitate quaternary organization of plastidic acetyl-CoA carboxylase"  
May 31, 2019
Xinyu Fu (second from the left/first row) defended her PhD thesis.  Here with the lab friend: On the her right Lisa Vaknin, on her left Liza Alexander, Sara Hazinia, and Luda Rhizsky. Second row- LucasShowman, Kenna Stenback, Libuse Brachova, Elizabeth Chatt, Geng Ding and Troy Bunch.
May 29, 2019
New publication "Altering the substrate specificity of acetyl-CoA synthetase by rational mutagenesis of the carboxylate binding pocket" by Nazneen Sofeo, Hart JH, Butler B, Oliver DJ, Yandeau-Nelson MD and Basil Nikolau in - ACS Synth Biol!!!   Congratulation Altering the substrate...
May 13, 2019
Kenna- "Graduate Student Mentor of the Year" for the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.  Kenna has been mentoring the McNair Scholar, Iliana Castillo-Machuca  since Fall of 2018.
April 24, 2019
Elizabeth Chatt defended her PhD thesis:  "Integrated ‘omics’ characterization of conserved nectar production mechanisms using floral and extrafloral eudicot nectaries" on April 18, 2019.  On the picture celebration with the lab friends (from l-r Sara, Elizabeth, Kenna, Xinyu, and Liza...
April 09, 2019
Two Nikolau Group members presented their research at the Stupka Symposyum 2019 at Iowa State University. Pictured here are Trang Huang and her mentor Kenna Stenback
March 20, 2019
     Good luck Naaz!!!!
March 16, 2019
Congratulation to the latest publication by Alexis Campbell, Kenna Stenback, Kayla  Flyckt,  Hoang T, Ann Perera, and  Basil Nikolau. A single-cell platform for reconstituting and characterizing fatty acid elongase component enzymes.
January 07, 2019
Combined use of cutinase and high-resolution mass-spectrometry to query the molecular architecture of cutin, authored by Bhunia RK, Showman LJ, Jose A, and Nikolau BJ  
November 14, 2018
Identification of Active Site Residue Implies a Two-step Catalytic Mechanism for Acyl-ACP Thioesterase. Authors are Jing F, Yandeau-Nelson MD, Nikolau B. Heterotrimeric G-protein-dependent proteome and phosphoproteome in instimulated Arabidopsis roots...
September 19, 2018
Check out our latest research article, published Sept 19, 2019 in Frontiers In Plant Science : "Light-Dependent Changes in the Spatial Localization of Metabolites in Solenostemon scutellarioides (Coleus Henna) Visualized by Matrix-Free Atmospheric Pressure Electrospray Laser Desorption Ionization...
July 09, 2018
Our resent publication, published in Frontiers In Plant Science "Sex-Dependent Variation of Pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima cv. Big Max) Nectar and Nectaries as Determined by Proteomics and Metabolomics "  with Elizabeth Chatt as the first author. Congratulation, Elizabeth. The publicatiion can be...
Nikolau group celebration, May 11, 2018
May 14, 2018
The Nikolau research group held another epic potluck on May 11, this time honoring leader Basil Nikolau who begins a one-year appointment with the National Science Foundation on May 14, Kiran-Kumar Shivaiah who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on May 1, Sara Hazinia who passed her Ph.D....
Stupka Symposium student presenters with Dr. Nikolau
April 09, 2018
Five Nikolau Group students presented their research at the 2018 Stupka Symposium held April 5 in the Molecular Biology Building on the ISU campus. Jena Gilbertson (senior, biochemistry) and Drew Tonsager (BS-MS, biochemistry) were two of only three students selected to make oral presentations....
March 19, 2018
Check out our latest research article, published February 28 in Nature Communications: "Two distinct domains contribute to the substrate acyl chain length selectivity of plant acyl-ACP thioesterase," authored by Fuyuan Jing, Le Zhao, Marna Yandeau-Nelson and Basil Nikolau.
March 05, 2018
Nikolau group PhD student Xinyu Fu has created an educational video explaining plant fats and oils. This is an independent project created for the ASPB (American Society of Plant Biologists) Conviron Scholars Program that aims at communicating plant science to the broader public....
November 20, 2017
On November 17, the Nikolau research group held a Celebration Potluck honoring members Rupam Bhunia, Alexis Campbell and Libuse Brachova. Postdoc Rupam Bhunia, a recipient of the Government of India Ministry of Science & Technology INSPIRE award, will begin work January 1...
LIPIDS of Crops group
September 18, 2017
On September 16-17, Basil Nikolau hosted the annual meeting of the USDA-funded Multistate Project, LIPIDS of Crops. This group of 20 scientists is studying lipid-related metabolism and traits relevant for crop improvement. The multistate effort provides a framework to enhance collaboration and...
September 13, 2017
Basil Nikolau was presented the Kolmer Applied Research Award at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Fall Convocation held September 12 at the ISU Memorial Union. The award "honors faculty or staff who have made significant contributions to improving the welfare of Iowans by the...


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