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George Khachatourians Emeritus Professor

6E08 - Agriculture Building


Food and Bioproduct Sciences

Areas of Specialization

My areas of research specialization are physiology and genetics of environmental stress responces in Beauveria bassiana, enhanced lysine biosynthesis in lactobacilli, Improvements in canola seed coat and meal, and interdisciplinary studies.


B.A., M.A. (California State University, San Francisco) Ph.D. (University of British Columbia). Medical Research Council of Canada Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Biology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Selected Recent Publications

Khachatourians, G., D. Arora, T. Rajendran, A. Srivastava. (Eds), 2010. Agriculturally Important Microorganisms. Academic World Int'l, Vol I & II, 302, and 385 pp.

Wei, S., B. Yu, G. G. Khachtourians, D. D. Hegedus, I.A. Parkin and A. Hannoufa. 2011. Activation of microRNA156b represses SBP-Box gene SPL15 and carotenoid cleavage dioxygnease genes and enhances carotenoid levels in seeds of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell. In submission.

Wei, S., M.Y. Gruber, B. Yu, M-J. Gao, G. G. Khachatourians, D. D. Hegedus, I. A. Parkin and A. Hannoufa. 2011. Arabidopsis mutant sk156 with altered seed carotenoids reveals complex regulation of SPL15 in a miR156-controlled gene network. Plant Cell. In submission.

Wei, S., Yu, B., Gruber, M.Y., Khachatourians, G.G., Hegedus, D.D., and Hannoufa, A. 2010. Enhanced seed carotenoid levels and branching in transgenic Brassica napus expressing the Arabidopsis miR156b gene. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 58:9572-9578.

Dallal Bashi Z., G. Khachatourians, and D. Hegedus. 2010. Isolation of fungal homokaryotic lines from heterokaryotic transformants by sonic disruption of mycelia. BioTechniques 48:41-46.

Yu, B., Gruber, M.Y., Khachatourians, G.G., Hegedus, D.D., and A. Hannoufa. 2010. Gene expression profiling of developing Brassica napus seed in relation to changes in major storage compounds. Plant Science, 178:381-389.

Khachatourians G. 2009. Insecticides, Microbial. In: Schaecter, M., Summers W.C. et al. Eds. Encyclopedia of Microbiology, Third Edition vol. II. Pp. 95-109. New York and London, Elsevier.

Khachatourians G. and S. Qazi. 2008. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Entomopathogenic Fungi. Chapter 3. In: Brakhage, A.A. and Zipfer, P.F. (Eds.), The Mycota VI: Human and animal relationships. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany. pp. 33-62.

Das V., P. Phillips and G. Khachatourians. 2008. Commercialization of plant-derived vaccines in Canada: A Distant Dream? Health Law Review, 16:25-29.

Qazi S. and G. Khachatourians. 2008. Addition of exogenous carbon and nitrogen sources to aphid exuviae modulates synthesis of proteases and chitinase by germinating conidia of Beauveria bassiana. Archives of Microbiology. 189:589-596.

Chelico L. and G. Khachatourians. 2008. Isolation and characterization of nucleotide excision repair deficient mutants of the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 98:93-100.

Uribe D. and G. Khachatourians. 2008. Identification and characterization of an alternative oxidase in the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 54:119-127.


FABS 212.3, Agri-Food & Resource Microbiology

FABS 334.3, Industrial Microbiology

FDSC 898.3 Systematic Methodology of Research