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About Jacqueline V. Shanks

My current research interests are in the areas of plant and microbial metabolic engineering, particularly in the analytical tools for measuring fluxes and concentrations in metabolic pathways. All projects in my laboratory are in collaboration with plant scientists and biological engineers in a portfolio of metabolic engineering applications: overproduction of valuable plant natural products in hairy roots, synthesis of hydrocarbons in plants and algae, protein and oil production in soybean embryos, and production of biorenewable chemicals from E. coli and S. cerevisiae. My laboratory focuses on the metabolic characterization of the biological system in the ME application and uses several techniques to analyze metabolites, nutrients and fluxes. These include 13C NMR and MS techniques to monitor primary carbon metabolism, HPLC and LC/MSn to measure secondary metabolites.


Present Manley Hoppe Professor, Iowa State University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

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Honors and Awards

  • AIChE Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division, Area 15c Plenary Award 2010
  • Women of Innovation Award for Research Innovation and Leadership, by the Technology Association of Iowa 2008


  • ChE 210/“Material and Energy Balances”
  • ChE 406/“Environmental Chemodynamics”

Contact Information

3031 Sweeney
618 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 50011-1098
Phone: 515-294-4828
Fax: 515-294-2689


Peer-Reviewed Articles (12)

Book Chapters (1)