ASU Engineering | Nielsen Lab

 

Who we are

We are a team of engineers and scientists focused on developing novel biotechnologies for efficiently converting renewable feedstocks into a variety of sustainable fuel and chemical products.  We work at the interface of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, while also incorporating key elements of industrial and applied microbiology, and use these skills to ‘re-program’ and study microorganisms that carry out various functions of interest. Current applications include engineering novel biosynthetic pathways, expanding catabolic range and capacity, improving strain robustness, and enhancing other traits of industrial importance, among others.  Learn more…

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Complex problems require multi-disciplinary solutions.  Thus, for us and the scientific community as a whole to continue to gain new and meaningful fundamental insights that will ultimately help to address the Grand Challenges facing today’s society, it is critical that unique and fresh perspectives are both encouraged and enthusiastically embraced.  To this end, our group continues to provide a safe and inclusive environment where all are welcome, regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity, nation of origin, age, education, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and/or beliefs.  Science belongs to all of us, and our discoveries are better and stronger when achieved together.

 

Research Areas

 

Novel pathway engineeringpathwaymap

Strain optimization

Product tolerance

Adaptive laboratory evolution

 

 

New strain engineering toolssynbio

Biosensors

Dynamic control

Synthetic microbial communities

 

 

Integrated bioreactorsFigure 1 - Overview

Product separation

Photobioreactors

Process modeling and optimization

 

Recent News & Announcements

Congrats Dr. Flores!

Dr. Andrew Flores successfully defended his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering today! Andrew was co-mentor by Prof. Nielsen and Prof. Xuan Wang (SOLS), and his thesis was entitled 'Engineering Synthetic Coculture Systems for Enhanced Bioproduction Applications' .  Well...

Visit to IIT

Had a great visit to Illinois Institute of Technology earlier this month!  Enjoyed meeting new colleagues and it was a pleasure to present a research seminar on some of our recent works.

Moving to Biodesign C

A busy Summer made busier by moving our lab to the new Biodesign C building!  Phase 1 is complete, with the full move slated for early Fall.  We had a small celebration to say goodbye to our old space in GWC. w The new space is fantastic, and we are looking forward to...

SIMB 2019

Andrew will present his latest co-culture work (a collaboration with Prof. Xuan Wang) at SIMB 2019!  Be sure to stop by his poster. Oh, and he also won a Diversity Travel Award! Congrats! http://www.simbhq.org/annual/sciprogram/awards/diversity-travel/...

New DOE Cyanobacteria Project

Working with collaborators at CSU and NanoGas Technologies, our ASU team is leading a recently awarded project from the DOE, focussed on enhancing the efficiency for carbon utilization in biofuel-producing cyanobacteria cultures.  Learn more...

Beijing

  Had a great time presenting some of the group's work at the '2018 Biocatalysis, Bioconversion and Green Manufacturing US-China bilateral Symposium' in Beijing, hosted by the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT). The hosts were wonderful and the...

SEED 2018

Chris and Michael are presenting their work this week at SEED 2018, being held just up the road in Scottsdale, AZ! Read more about the conference and SynBio research at ASU in the following article:...

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