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News & Press

04/2014: Taylor Cook and Joe Redzikowski awarded Undergraduate Research Award from NASA SC Space Grant Consortium. Congrats!

04/2014: Murri presents poster at Clemson Graduate Research Symposium.

04/2014: Creative Inquiry group presents at annual FOCI event.

03/2014: Dr. Blenner joins ACS Biochemical Technology (BIOT) division leadership team as webmaster.

03/2014: Dr. Blenner attends American Chemical Society Meeting, presents group's work and chaired a session on Upstream Processes.

03/2014: Murri wins second place poster in Annual ChBE Research Symposium.

02/2014: Nolan successfully defends his PhD dissertation! Congrats Dr. Wilson!

02/2014: Taylor receives Western SC AIChE Scholarship... Congrats!

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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.