Nat Kav, B.Sc., Ph.D.


Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science

About Me


Ph.D, Biochemistry, University of Calgary

Job/Research Area 

Biochemistry & Biotechnology

Administrative Service 

Associate Chair (Graduate Studies), Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science; July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009

Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences; July 1, 2009 - December 31, 2015

Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research;  October 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Vice-Provost (Programs), University of Alberta; July 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests 

Our research involves the application of proteomics- and genomics-based discovery techniques to identify, characterize and validate novel genes for crop improvement through biotechnology (genetic engineering). Recently, our group has been interested in the role of non-coding RNAs in mediating plant responses to stress.  Ultimately, we hope to utilize the knowledge generated by research to improve crop plants to withstand environmental (abiotic) and pathogen (biotic) stresses through genetic engineering and / or gene editing.  We are also very interested in developing longer-term collaboration on projects aimed at improving food and nutritional security throughout the world.


Since arriving at the University of Alberta in 2002, I have taught courses in Introductory Biochemistry (Plant Science 331), Introductory Biochemistry (Biochem 200), Developmental Physiology and Biotechnology of Crop Plants (Plant Science 301), Biotechnology for Crop Improvement / Plant Biotechnology (Plant Science 492 / BOT 382).