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Henrik V. Scheller

Henrik V. Scheller

senior scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Henrik V. Scheller is a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Adjunct Professor at Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, University of California Berkeley, and Adjunct Professor at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen. He earned his Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark, after completing a degree in biology at University of Copenhagen. Henrik V. Scheller was professor of molecular plant biology at University of Copenhagen until before joining Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to work at the Joint BioEnergy Institute where he is Head of the Feedstocks Division. JBEI is a research center with the task of doing the fundamental research that will enable generation of advanced biofuels from optimized bioenergy plants. Henrik V. Scheller’s research is focused on the biosynthesis and function of plant cell wall polysaccharides. The cell wall has many functions in the growth and development of plants, and in the interactions with the environment, including pathogenic organisms and beneficial microbes such as mycorrhizal fungi and nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Scheller’s research is centered on understanding the biochemistry and regulation of cell wall biosynthesis and on determining the functional role of specific cell wall polymers. He is also engaged in research aimed at engineering plants with improved properties as feedstocks for production of biofuels and bioproducts.

Research Interest

Biosynthesis of the plant cell wall, glycosyltransferases, plant biotechnology.