News & Press
07/2014: Lauren, Charlie, and Meg join the Blenner Research Group. Welcome!
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.
06/2014: Thomas joins the Blenner Research Group. Welcome!
05/2014: In collaboration with Dr. Ian Wheeldon, Dr. Blenner was awarded National Science Foundation Grant to work on dicarboxylic acid production in oleaginous yeast.
05/2014: Dr. Blenner & coworkers have manuscript on Tyrosine Sulfation accepted in Bioinformatics.
04/2014: Dr. Blenner has book chapter on lignin biofuels accepted.
04/2014: Taylor Cook and Joe Redzikowski awarded Undergraduate Research Award from NASA SC Space Grant Consortium. Congrats!
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.