News & Press
07/2014: The Blenner Group research on omega-3 fatty acids is featured in Render Magazine.
07/2014: Dr. Blenner presents group's work on yeast promoter regulation at first Annual Synthetic Biology Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) Meeting.
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.
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.
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.