Robley J. Light, Ph.D.

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Chemistry Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, United States 
Area:
biochemistry, inc. lipid metabolism and fungal secondary metabolism
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Dr. Light received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 1957 and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Duke University in 1961. Following two years of postdoctoral work in Biochemistry with Nobel laureate Konrad Bloch at Harvard University, he joined the Chemistry faculty at Florida State in 1962. He was a Phi Kappa Phi and a National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow at Duke and a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Harvard.

Dr. Light was promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 1972. He served as Associate Chairman of Chemistry from 1974-77 and Chairman from 1983-1990. He also served as Acting Director of the Program in Medical Sciences in 1978-79, which was the precursor of the new College of Medicine. He spearheaded the development of the undergraduate degree program in Biochemistry, at the time the only such degree program in a Florida public institution.

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Frank A. Vingiello research assistant 1953-1957 Virginia Tech
Charles R. Hauser grad student 1957-1960 Duke
Konrad Bloch post-doc 1960-1962 Harvard

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Robert Q. Topper research assistant 1981-1982 Florida State
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Light RJ. (2002) Yeast hy droxy fatty acids and fungal polyketides: Lessons learned from the Konrad Bloch laboratory Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 292: 1213-1219
Priest JW, Light RJ. (1990) Applications of high-performance liquid chromatography to quantitation of metabolites and enzymes of the patulin pathway from Penicillium patulum Journal of Chromatography A. 513: 237-246
Priest JW, Light RJ. (1989) Patulin biosynthesis: Epoxidation of toluquinol and gentisyl alcohol by particulate preparations from Penicillium patulum Biochemistry. 28: 9192-9200
DeGrella RF, Light RJ. (1985) Uptake of fatty acids by isolated heart myocytes. Basic Research in Cardiology. 80: 107-110
Light RJ, Trenary AL. (1984) Biosynthesis of hydroxydocosanoic acid in the yeast Candida bogoriensis Federation Proceedings. 43: no. 2611
Breithaupt TB, Light RJ. (1982) Affinity chromatography and further characterization of the glucosyltransferases involved in hydroxydocosanoic acid sophoroside production in Candida bogoriensis Journal of Biological Chemistry. 257: 9622-9628
Goodloe RS, Light RJ. (1982) Structure and composition of hydrocarbons and fatty acids from a marine blue-green alga, Synechococcus sp. Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta (Bba)/Lipids and Lipid Metabolism. 710: 485-492
Goodloe RS, Light RJ. (1982) Biosynthesis of hydrocarbon in anabaena variabilis in vivo incorporation of [18-14c]stearate Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta (Bba)/Lipids and Lipid Metabolism. 711: 261-265
Cutler AJ, Light RJ. (1982) Effect of glucose concentration in the growth medium on the synthesis of fatty acids by the yeast Candida bogoriensis Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 28: 223-230
DeGrella RF, Light RJ. (1980) Uptake and metabolism of fatty acids by dispersed adult rat heart myocytes. I. Kinetics of homologous fatty acids Journal of Biological Chemistry. 255: 9731-9738
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