James Umen, Ph.D.

Algae are hidden drivers of global ecosystem productivity with unrealized potential.  We seek to unlock the secrets of algal growth, reproduction and development in an environment where basic discoveries can be transformed into real-world innovations in biofuels, agriculture and medicine.

Monday, 16 September 2019

(St. Louis Business Journal) Danforth Center scientists snag $9M in funding to advance cutting-edge research

Danforth Center scientists have recently garnered more than $9 million in grant funding to support a variety of projects and a prestigious fellowship. Read the article to learn more about the exciting research that will take place.
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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Meet the New Principal Investigators at the Danforth Center

Strategic New Hires Strengthen Research, Education and Expertise
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Monday, 23 April 2018

(The Node) The people behind the papers – Sa Geng & James Umen

We caught up with the author of a new paper in Development, exploring the genetics of the process in Volvox, to hear the story behind the work.
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Monday, 02 April 2018

(Genetics Society of America) On the origin of germ cells

This system offers a unique opportunity to explore the early evolution of germ cells.
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Friday, 09 March 2018

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) Genetic Origins of the Sexes Found to be Surprisingly Modest

Research captures the earliest stages of evolution where male and female gametes first evolved
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Thursday, 08 March 2018

Study Sheds Light on the Genetic Origins of the Two Sexes

Research captures the earliest stages of evolution where male and female gametes first evolved
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

NIH Invests in Collaborative Research to Understand Mechanisms Controlling Cell Division

Research may yield insights into how cell division is controlled in more complex organisms
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Discovery of Carbon Storage Signaling Mechanism in Algae Offers New Potential for Sustainable Biofuel Production

Algae with altered intracellular signaling have increased oil yields.  
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Friday, 01 April 2016

Discovery of Cellular Counting Mechanism Used for Size Control in Algae with Links to Cancer Genetic Pathway

Cell size is a critical trait for improved yields of algal biofuels.
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Thursday, 23 July 2015

(NineNetwork) Science Matters

Bioenergy research leads to a discovery about one of the most intriguing mysteries about life on Earth: the origins of sex.
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

2014 LMI Awards for Excellence in Research

Victoria Yi, a junior student at Clayton High School, received the LMI Aerospace Inc. Award for Excellence in Research, for her paper  “Growth and Lipid Body Accumulation of Common Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Laboratory Strains Under Different Light Condition” in the 2014 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program.  

Photo :The awardee Victoria Yi(right) and one of her mentors Dr Inmaculada Couso(left).

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Jim Umen: The Plant Scientist

Jim Umen, Ph.D., a member of the Center's Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels is featured on the St. Louis Regional Chamber's new website.  The profile is part of a series of stories that showcase individuals whose professional and personal story stand out as particularly characteristic of the St. Louis community.

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

(AlgaeNews) Danforth Plant Science Center’s New Renewable Fuels, Algae Researcher

A couple months ago, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center brought on an addition to their Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels, Dr. James Umen. He was kind enough to take some time to talk about his research and how it will influen ...
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