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Dan Voytas elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Dan Voytas featured in Science magazine profile: The plant engineer

Voytas Receives Inaugural Genome Engineering Award



Methods for precisely altering DNA sequences in living cells enable detailed functional analysis of genes and genetic pathways.  In plants, targeted genome modification has applications ranging from understanding plant gene function to developing crop plants with new traits of value.  Our group has enabled efficient methods for targeted genome modification of plants using sequence-specific nucleases.  With zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), TAL effector nucleases (TALENs), and the CRISPR/Cas9 system, we have achieved targeted gene knockouts, replacements and insertions in a variety of plant species.  Current work is focused on optimizing delivery of nucleases and donor DNA molecules to plant cells to more efficiently achieve targeted genetic alterations.



Dan Voytas

Phone: 612-626-4509
Office: Room 328 Cargill
Campus Mail:
340 Cargill Building
1500 Gortner Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108


Center for Precision Plant Genomics
Center of Genome Engineering
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
Zinc Finger Consortium