Meilan, Richard

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Meilan, Richard


Dr. Richard Meilan is a Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. Dr. Meilan received a B.S. in Forest Science and an M.S. in Forestry from Humboldt State University and a joint Ph.D. in Botany (Physiology and Molecular Biology) and Forestry (Forest Biology) from Iowa State University. Dr. Meilan uses molecular tools to investigate the genetic mechanisms by which key aspects of tree growth and development are controlled. He is also attempting to domesticate and add value to various tree species by genetically engineering them to be environmentally beneficial and commercially important. Current research projects include efforts to insert genes that control flowering as a means of transgene confinement, insect (Emerald Ash Borer) resistance, herbicide tolerance, and lignin composition.

For additional information, visit Dr. Meilan's Purdue webpage: or his Molecular Tree Physiology Lab website: