Plants are sessile organisms that permanently remain where they germinate. To compensate for their low mobility, plants have evolved diverse mechanisms to respond rapidly and flexibly to various environmental stresses. One of the chemical adaptations to environmental stresses is that plants produce natural organic compounds such as plant hormones and secondary metabolites (specialized metabolites). These bioactive compounds are essential chemical tools for plant survival strategies. Based on the concepts of Bioorganic chemistry, Chemical biology, and Biochemistry, our research groups are working on:

  1. The design and synthesis of new small molecules that regulate plant life phenomena.
  2. Enzymatic characterization of biosynthetic enzymes of plant hormones and specialized metabolites.