Lara Esch

Postdoctoral Scientist Molecules from Nature

Starch plays an important role in our everyday lives; it is a major dietary carbohydrate and is increasingly important as an industrial raw material.

The grains of major grass crops consist largely of starch. While the synthesis of starch polymers is conserved between species, grass species show distinct variations in seed starch content as well as granule morphology.

Lara is interested in aiding the up-to-date research in molecular, genetic and biochemical aspects of the synthesis and turnover of starch in both model and crop plants.