News & Press
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: Gabe & Murri present our latest research at AIChE 2015 in Salt Lake City.
11/2015: Michael and Weigao join the lab... Welcome!
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.
09/2015: Gabe wins CU Postdoc Association travel award. Congrats!
09/2015: NASA ECF Project is described in a SciShow Space Video, the Houston Chronicle, and Popular Mechanics!
08/2015: Dr. Blenner awarded NASA Early Career Faculty Award for synthetic biology applications in space.
08/2015: Dr. Blenner presents Y. lipolytica work at SIMB 2015.
01/2015: Dr. Blenner is awarded an AFOSR Young Investigator Program grant for enzyme engineering.
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.