Experiential learning environment leading to mastery of principles of protein homology modeling, metabolic network analysis, and important plant biochemical pathways. Structure and function of enzymes in metabolic pathways and the contributions of these pathways to plant growth and development.
Franck Dayan was born in Lyon (France) and grew up in the south of France. He attended the Institut Agricole de Fontlongue where he developed an appreciation for plant science and agriculture. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Auburn University in Alabama in 1995 and worked as a Research Plant Physiologist with the USDA-ARS Natural Products Utilization Research Unit for 20 years. He is now professor in the Department of Agricultural Biology at Colorado State University. His work covers the mechanisms of action of natural and synthetic herbicides and the mechanisms of herbicide resistance in plants, as well as chemical ecological studies of plant-plant interactions (allelopathy). He has served as treasurer of the Phytochemical Society of North America from 2006 to 2011 and president of that society in 2014-2015. He also served as treasurer for the International Weed Science Society (2012-2016). He is an Associate Editor for Weed Science and Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology as well as North American Editor for Outlooks on Pest Management.