News & Press
08/2015: Dr. Blenner awarded NASA Early Career Faculty Award for synthetic biology applications in space.
08/2015: Jessica, Tiffany, Phillip, Will, & Mary Kate join the lab... Welcome!
08/2015: Dr. Blenner presents Y. lipolytica work at SIMB 2015.
08/2015: Congrats to Dr. & Mrs. Batman (aka Dr. & Mrs Rodriguez) on their wedding!
06/2015: Allison passes her qualifying exam... Congrats!
05/2015: Erika Arvay wins NASA SC Space Grant Undergraduate Research Fellowship... Congrats!
04/2015: Dr. Blenner receives a grant from ACREC with funding from the Fats and Protein Research Foundation to examine engineering strategies for microbial conversion of fats to valuable products.
03/2015: Lauren Gambill & Kyle Pazzo receive ACCAC Fellowship in Creativity and Innovation. Congrats!
03/2015: Taylor Cook presents work on engineering transcriptional regulators at ACS BIOT 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.