Timothy J Tschaplinski

Distinguished R&D Staff

Dr. Tschaplinski is a Distinguished Research Scientist and the Metabolomics and Bioconversion Group Leader for the last 10 years in the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, TN.  Dr. Tschaplinski graduated with his Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Toronto in 1987 and after completing his postdoctoral studies at ORNL, he was hired as a Research Staff Member in 1990.  He is a plant molecular physiologist experienced in biochemistry, specifically the application of mass spectrometry to research problems in genomics, bioenergy crop production, environmental stress physiology, and plant-microbe signaling.  Current research includes metabolomics for phenotypic characterization of genetically-modified Populus, Arabidopsis, Eucalyptus, Castanea sp. (American and Chinese chestnut), switchgrass, and numerous bioenergy-relevant microbial species, and coupling metabolomics with genome-wide association studies to identify gene function.  Research targets include the application of genomic tools for the accelerated domestication of Populus to reduce biomass recalcitrance to microbial deconstruction, increase drought tolerance and biomass productivity on marginal sites to increase crop sustainability, and to manipulate bioproduct formation.  Most recent activities include characterizing the molecular basis of plant-microbe (bacterial and fungal) symbiotic relationships in contrast with pathogenic relationships.  He has authored and co-authored 124 publications and currently serves as the ‘Omics Activity Lead Scientist in the Bioenergy Science Center, a U.S. Department of Energy funded Bioenergy Research Center.  Dr. Tschaplinski is also a Faculty Member of the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, Adjunct Faculty, UT-ORNL Genome Science & Technology Graduate School University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Awards

1985 Canadian Forestry Service Scholar Scholarship
1984 Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council - Postgraduate Scholarship
1983 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council - Postgraduate Scholarship
1982 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council - Postgraduate Scholarship
1982 Edward Elsworth Johnson Postgraduate Forestry Fellowship
1981 University of Toronto Open Master's Fellowship
1980 Canadian National Sportsmen's Fellowship
1980 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council - Summer Research Award

Patents

ORNL Patent # 2525.2 - Key gene regulating cell wall biosynthesis and recalcitrance in Populus, Gene Y – US9206436 B2, Published December 8, 2015
ORNL Patent # 1933.1 - Plant Pathogen Resistance – US8318786 B2, Published November 27, 2012 - Licensed by Sci Protek, Inc., Visalia, CA