Lee E Gunter

Technical Staff

I am a broadly trained plant biologist with interest in bioenergy and bio-based products, plant genomics, plant-microbial interactions, synthetic biology and plant evolution and adaptation. I provide support to the Plant Systems Biology group in the lab, the greenhouse, and field; with lab and project managment, training, data analysis, technical editing, LIMS processing and coordination, specialty ordering and regulatory oversight. I have a broad interest and history in supporting R&D operationally through planning, review and oversight of lab and field activities and directorate operations that affect research efforts. I am dedicated to managing for productivity and efficiency without compromising safety.


2009 Outstanding Mentor Award presented by the DOE Office of Science.
2007 Director’s Award for Outstanding Team Accomplishment (Populus genome Science paper), Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
2007 Distinguished Achievement Award for Technical Support, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
2002 Outstanding Mentor Award presented by the DOE Office of Science.  


Transcription factor which regulates flavonoid, phenylpropanoid, tyrosine, and tryptophan pathways. Muchero W, Chen J, Gunter LE, Jawdy SS, Tuskan GA, Bryan AC, DiFazio SP, Guo H-B. U.S. Patent No. 10,106,807. Issued October 23, 2018.
Key gene regulating plant cell wall recalcitrance. Chen J, Gunter LE, Jawdy Sara, Muchero W, Tuskan GA, Guo J, Ranjan P, DiFazio SP, Bryan AC. U.S. Patent 9,994,998. Issued June 12, 2018.
Key Gene Regulating Cell Wall Biosynthesis and Recalcitrance in Populus, Gene Y. Chen J, Engle NL, Gunter LE, Jawdy S, Tschaplinski TJ, Tuskan GA. U.S. Patent 9,206,436. Issued December 8, 2015.