News & Press

02/2016: Y. lipolytica CRISPR-Cas9 paper remains most read ACS Synthetic Biology paper for the month!

01/2016: Y. lipolytica CRISPR-Cas9 paper published in ACS Synthetic Bio with the Wheeldon Group (UCR).

12/2015: Murri, Lauren, and Spencer have Y. lipolytica promoter engineering paper published in ACS Synthetic Bio.

11/2015: Our group has an open project for the Surfaces & Interfaces NSF-REU site here at Clemson. Applications due February 1, 2016.

11/2015: Dr. Blenner give a seminar at Ohio University.

11/2015: Gabe & Murri present our latest research at AIChE 2015 in Salt Lake City.

10/2015: Murri presents at Fall 2015 SC ASM Meeting and wins 2nd Place for Best Graduate Student Talk. Congrats!

10/2015: Sarah, Kylie & Hayden represent scientists and engineers doing the whip and the nae nae! Video.

08/2015: Dr. Blenner awarded NASA Early Career Faculty Award for synthetic biology applications in space.

01/2015: Dr. Blenner is awarded an AFOSR Young Investigator Program grant for enzyme engineering.

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Blenner Group - Spring 2015 Taylor presents poster at ACS Spring Meeting in Denver, COMurri Wins 2nd Place in ChBE Research Symposium Undergrads Present at FOCI 2014 Clemson Football

As a group that uses protein engineering and synthetic biology, we take a molecular-scale approach to improving bioprocessing. We apply chemical engineering fundamentals along with tools from protein engineering, synthetic biology, molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry to address major problems in energy, sustainability, and human heath.

We study how microorganisms sense their environment, how that information is processed, and how it ultimately leads to a change in phenotype. From an engineering standpoint, we are interested in using this information to improve biological synthesis of fuels and chemicals from renewable biomass. Another major interest of our group is developing cell-based biosensors for metabolic engineering, environmental detection, biodiagnostic, and biocatalysis applications.