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, ‘re-programming’ microorganisms to 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. Learn more…
Novel pathway engineering
Adaptive laboratory evolution
New strain engineering tools
Synthetic microbial communities
Process modeling and optimization
Recent News & Announcements
Several of our projects were presented as posters at the 2017 SIMB Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. Andrew Flores and Gavin Kurgan (from Xuan Wang's group) presented results from our collaborative projects, and Brian Thompson's work on muconic acid was presented as...
A huge congrats to Drs. Thompson and Staggs, our two most recent Ph.D. grads, both of whom successfully defended their respective theses last week! We wish you luck as you head off to bigger and better things!
We are excited to be kicking off a new NSF project entitled 'Biological Auto-Enhancement of CO2 Absorption for Improved Cyanobacterial Growth and Biofuel Production'! This 3-year grant was awarded through CBET - Energy for Sustainability and the SusChEM programs.
Congrats to our undergraduate researchers Chris Gregson, Zeynep Ayla, and Kaleigh Johnson, as well as the rest of the Class of 2017! Kaleigh received the special honor of being selected as the Outstanding Graduate of the entire Fulton Schools of Engineering. Grad...
Prof. Aso (Kyoto Inst. of Technology) will spend a year with us, working on various projects. Welcome!
PhD Student Michael Machas has been named an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar for 2017-2018. Congrats! Learn more about ARCS Scholars at ASU.
Chris comes to us from the Pfleger Lab at U of Wisconsin to work on engineering biofuel production in Synechocystis!
Congrats to Karthika on her recent successful defense!
We will be presenting our research at SIMB 2016 in New Orleans, LA.
We are part of a team recently selected for biofuels funding by the DOE (BETO 'Bioincubator'). This project will engineer cyanobacteria for the photosynthetic production of ethyl laurate - a biodiesel replacement. Read more about the project, as well as another...
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