Metabolic Pathway Engineering

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 1:00pm-3:30pm EST

Session Co-Chairs:

  • Stephanie Culler, Genomatica
  • David Nielsen, Arizona State University

 

Invited Speakers:

  • Jens Nielsen, Chalmers University of Technology- Yeast as a Platform Cell Factory in Future Biorefineries
  • Hal Alper, University of Texas- Pathway Engineering in Yeast via Directed Evolution

 

Oral Presentations:

  • Brian Pfleger, University of Wisconsin, Madison- Integrating Systems and Synthetic Biology for Engineering Chemical Production in Bacteria
  • Cynthia Collins, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute- Platform for Interspecies Communication in Synthetic Microbial Consortia
  • Matthew Mattozzi, Harvard University- Toward Heterologous Carbon Fixation in E. Coli with the Chloroflexus 3-Hydroxypropionate Pathway
  • Michelle O'Malley, University of California, Santa Barbara- Engineering Anaerobic Gut Fungi for Lignocellulose Breakdown

Hal Alper

Dr. Hal Alper joined The University of Texas at Austin faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2008.  He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and was a postdoctoral research associate at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research from 2006-2008, and at Shire Human Genetic Therapies from 2007-2008.  Dr. Alper’s research is in the area of cellular and metabolic engineering with a focus on creating biofuels, biochemical, and biopharmaceuticals using an array of model host organisms.

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Jens Nielsen

Jens Nielsen has an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD degree (1989) in Biochemical Engineering from the Danish Technical University (DTU), and after that established his independent research group and was appointed full Professor there in 1998. He was Fulbright visiting professor at MIT in 1995-1996. At DTU he founded and directed Center for Microbial Biotechnology. In 2008 he was recruited as Professor and Director to Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, where he is currently directing a research group of more than 50 people and the Life Science Area of Advance, which...

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