Dr. Anthony John Kinney



Research Interests

The research in my group centers around manipulating flux through plant metabolic pathways by genetic engineering. Our main focus has been fatty acid biosynthesis in developing oilseeds with a goal of creating new edible soybean oils with improved nutritional and functional properties. We are also engineering plant fatty acid biosynthetic pathways to produce novel fatty acids for industrial uses such as organic PVC plasticizers, soy inks, biodegradable lubricants and new composites and polymers from renewable resources.


D.Phil. 1985, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Oxford University, UK.
BSc.(honours) 1980, Biology, University of Sussex, UK.


Principal Investigator, 6/1/89-present, AgBiotech, DuPont Experimental Station, Wilmington, DE 19880-0402.

Research Fellow, 9/1/87-5/31/89, Department of Food Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. (with G. Carman). Molecular biology and biochemistry of yeast lipid biosynthesis. Membrane biogenesis in yeast.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 10/1/85-8/31/87, Department of Botany, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. (with T.S. Moore) Membrane biogenesis and regulation of phospholipid biosynthetic pathways in plants.

Research Assistant, 10/1/83-9/30/85, Department of Botany, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

Agricultural and Food Research Council Research Student, 10/1/80-9/30/83, AFRC Letcombe Laboratory, Wantage, UK. (with D.T. Clarkson). Effect of low temperatures on membrane biogenesis and lipid turnover in cereal plants.


Sigma Xi, American Society of Plant Physiologists, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Member of editorial board of "Plant Physiology" and "Food Ethics"

Selected Recent Reviews

1. Kinney, A.J. 1996. Designer oils for better nutrition. Nature Biotechnology 14:946

2. Kinney, A.J. 1996. Development of genetically engineered soybean oils for food applications J. Food Lipids 3:273-292

3. Kinney, A.J. 1997. Genetic engineering of oilseeds for desired traits. Genetic Engineering 19:149-292

4. Kinney A.J. & Knowlton, S. 1998. Designer oils: the high oleic acid soybean. In "Genetic Modifcation in the Food Industry" (Roller, S & Harlander, S eds) Blackie Academic, London pp193-213

5. Kinney, A.J. 1998. Manipulating flux through plant biosynthetic pathways. Current Opinion in Plant Biology  1:173-178

6. Voelker, T. and Kinney, A.J. 2001. Variations in the synthesis of seed storage lipids. Annual Review of Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology  (in press)

Contact Information: anthony.kinney@usa.dupont.com

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