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Engineering biosynthetic pathways for microalgae topic for First Friday Seminar

TULSA (Sept. 27, 2011) – Tyler W. Johannes, Ph.D., P.E., assistant professor  of chemical engineering at the University of Tulsa, discusses “Engineering microalgae for fuels and natural products” at the OSU Center for Health Sciences First Friday Seminar on Oct. 7. 

Microalgae have garnered increasing interest over the past few years for their ability to produce valuable products, ranging from therapeutic proteins to biofuels. Recent advances in molecular biology and genomics have revolutionized our ability to discover and engineer biosynthetic pathways, but we have yet to fully achieve the expression of multi-gene biosynthetic pathways in microalgae chloroplasts—which is critical in our ability to tailor microalgae for specific purposes.

Dr. Johannes will describe the challenges that such efforts face, and will summarize recent advances in his laboratory to engineer multi-gene biosynthetic pathways in the chloroplasts of microalgae.

The First Friday Seminar is at noon at the OSU-CHS campus at 17th Street and Southwest Boulevard in Tulsa. Room location is D-107, Center for Advanced Medical Education. Refreshments are available at 11:45 a.m. The seminar is open to the public.