About

Synthetic biology (synbio) is a new emerging discipline combining life sciences, information technology, and engineering. Synthetic biology seeks rational and sustainable solutions for promoting energy self-sufficiency, producing important commodities, generating novel molecules and products with new features, and addressing environmental and agricultural issues. The most acute targets include compensating for the depletion of fossil energy sources with green energy technologies.

Goal

Our research team focuses on developing synthetic biology tools and metabolic engineering strategies for:

  • Production of native and non-native products from carbon dioxide and waste biomass
  • Development of rationally engineered consortia for more efficient biomass utilization
  •  Bioprocess systems and modeling
  •  Bacterial biosensors for screening applications
  •  Lignin valorization by novel bacterial cell factory
  •  Functional biomaterials

For example, we have implemented engineering approaches for improved growth and lipid production (natural and tailored fatty acid derived compounds such as alkanes, alkenes, wax esters, and triacylglycerols) and constructed real-time monitoring tools for studying bacterial hydrocarbon metabolism using (currently) undomesticated bacteria, namely Acinetobacter baylyi ADP1.

 

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