Engineering Oleaginous Yeast for Oleochemical Production from Low Value and Waste Substrates
Sponsored by: NSF, NASA, DARPA, NOAA, ACREC, USDA
This project encompasses the most mature work from the Blenner Lab. We develop the synthetic biology toolsets necessary to accelerate metabolic engineering of Yarrowia lipolytica and other lipid producing microbes. We have engineered the production of several oleochemicals using low-value substrates (e.g., lignin and methanol) and waste (e.g., urine, waste plastic). The resulting processes result in sustainable routes to making chemicals, fuels, and materials.
Team: Mike Spagnuolo, Siva Somasundaram, Phil Gitman, Richa Guleria, Jaya Gupta, Derron Ma, Rachel Silvestri
Collaborators: Ian Wheeldon, Wilfred Chen.
Engineering Yarrowia lipolytica for Natural Products Biosynthesis
Sponsored by: NIH, NDSEG
This project uses oleaginous yeast as a host for the production of complex plant-derived natural products with unusual therapeutic potential. We are building platforms for making a diverse array of compounds that have anti-cancer, anti-hypertension, and anti-addiction properties. We combine scalable synthetic biology, novel tools for pathway flux optimization, and biochemical insights to make products at much higher titers than has been reported previously. The use of microbial systems enables system scaling and avoids the uncertainty of agricultural sourcing.
Team: Ayushi Agrawal, Vijay Ganesan, Phil O'Dell, Anthony Storhr, Derron Ma, Phil Gitman
Collaborators: Yinjie Tang, Deepti Tanjore
Enhancing Mammalian Cell Line Development for Biopharmaceuticals using Synthetic Biology and Systems Biology
Sponsors: AMBIC, UD, NIIMBL, NSF GRFP
Epigenetics and cell heterogeneity
Autonomous inducer-free transcriptional control
Bispecific Antibody Production
Team: Spencer Grissom, Emily Doleh, Austin Morgan
Collaborators: Marc Birtwistle, Abhi Singh, Seongkyu Yoon, Jamie Spangler
Plastic Degradation and Upcycling by the Microbes from Insect Microbiomes
Sponsors: DOE, FICUS, NIH T32, CPI
Team: Ross Klauer, Lummy Monteiro, Jyoti Singh, Alex Hansen, Derek Wu
Collaborators: Kevin Solomon, Yinjie Tang, LaShanda Korley, Zach Hinton, Adam Guss, Carrie Eckert, Bill Alexander.
Environmental Sensing by Microbes & Microbial Communities
Sponsors: DARPA, DOE
Team: Jyoti Singh, Lummy Monteiro, Richa Guleria, Austin Morgan
Collaborators: Julie Maresca