Maureen C McCann
Maureen McCann is a professor and assistant head of biological sciences at Purdue University. She is also Director of the Energy Center at Purdue University.
Dr. McCann is internationally recognized for her work on the molecular architecture of cell walls and pioneering use of enabling technologies for direct imaging of wall structure, mapping biomass heterogeneity, and use of novel spectroscopic screens for cell wall mutants with over 80 published journal articles. Recently, she has identified several novel gene families that impact the growth of plants in Arabidopsis. Her model of the dicot cell wall is widely cited and served as a template in the DOE-GTL Research Roadmap to Breaking the Biological Barriers to Cellulosic Ethanol (2005). She is an active member of the MidWest Bioenergy Center. Her current research focus is on the architecture of lignocellulosic biomass and gene discovery in maize for translation to other bioenergy species. Her contributions to the project will be in the genetic and phenotypic analyses of the maize lines, and as an expert in cell wall architecture.
Dr. McCann leads an interdisciplinary team of biologists, chemists and chemical engineers in a DOE-funded Energy Frontier Research Center focused on developing technologies for the direct catalytic conversion of biomass to biofuels (C3Bio).