Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace
Biomass & Bioenergy, Plant Cell Walls - Biosynthesis, Structure, and Function, Tenure-Track Faculty
Associate Professor
2058 Complex Carbohydrate Research Center


Ian Wallace received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He graduated in 2008. Wallace has also been a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Energy Biosciences Institute, UC Berkeley.  Before his upcoming position with the CCRC, he was faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno for nine years, becoming Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director for their Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department.

Research Interests:

Wallace studies the biosynthesis, deposition, and regulation occurring in plant cell walls, particularly the regulation of cellulose synthase catalytic subunits. He also researches plant protein kinase and phosphorylation-based signal transduction. Furthermore, he is interested in lignocellulosic biofuel and forage crop applications that come from understanding and manipulating plant cell wall digestibility.

More interests include the following:

  • Hormonal regulation of plant metabolism and development
  • Pollen-pistil interaction signalling
  • Antimicrobial drug discovery and mechanistic analysis