News & Press
10/2014: Dr. Blenner was awarded DOE- JGI Synthetic Biology grant for consolidated bioprocessing.
08/2014: Dr. Blenner was awarded a SC INBRE Bioinformatics Pilot Project Grant to study protein evolution.
08/2014: Murri passes his oral comprehensive exam and officially becomes a PhD Candidate! Congrats and great job!
08/2014: Dr. Blenner was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant to work on improving biofuel production through dynamic regulation.
08/2014: Allison Yaguchi (Grad Student) joins the Blenner Group. Welcome!
07/2014: The Blenner Group research on omega-3 fatty acids is featured in Render Magazine.
06/2014: Dr. Blenner receives a grant from the Animal Co-Products Resarch and Education Center (ACREC) with funding from the Fats and Protein Research Foundation to examine engineering strategies for microbial conversion of fats to valuable products.
05/2014: In collaboration with Dr. Ian Wheeldon, Dr. Blenner was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant to work on dicarboxylic acid production in oleaginous yeast.
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.