David Stern received his M. Phil. from Cambridge University in Biochemistry, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Biological Sciences. Following postdoctoral training at Univ. California, Berkeley, in plant molecular biology, he joined the Boyce Thompson Institute faculty as an Assistant Scientist in 1989. He currently serves as President of BTI, an office he has held since 2004, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Plant Biology Section.
The underlying research themes in the Stern laboratory are chloroplast biology, bioenergy and nuclear-cytoplasmic interactions. Within this framework, we study how chloroplast genes and metabolic activities are regulated by the products of nuclear genes, usually acting at the transcriptional or post-transcriptional level. Areas of emphasis include the roles of ribonucleases and RNA-binding proteins and assembly of the carbon-fixing enzyme Rubisco. We are also using molecular and genetic techniques to adjust chloroplast metabolism for the production of useful hydrocarbons.