Awards News

JBEI Scientist Wins PECASE Award

JBEI’s Trent Northen was named by President Barack Obama to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on early-career researchers. MORE

November 8, 2010


A Wiki for the Biofuels Research Community

JBEI researchers have created an on-line wiki-based technoeconomic model that should help accelerate the development of clean, green biofuels that can compete with gasoline. The model enables researchers to pursue the most promising strategies for cost-efficient biorefinery operations. MORE

October 28, 2010


Enzyme Trio for Biosynthesis of Hydrocarbon Fuels

JBEI scientists identified a trio of bacterial enzymes that can catalyze key steps in the conversion of plant sugars into hydrocarbon compounds for the production of green transportation fuels. MORE

June 18, 2010


Microbes Produce Fuels Directly from Biomass

JBEI researchers have developed a microbe that can produce an advanced biofuel fuel directly from biomass. Deploying the tools of synthetic biology, the JBEI researchers engineered a strain of E. coli bacteria to produce biodiesel and other important chemicals derived from fatty acids. MORE

January 27, 2010

Media Highlights Videos

Jay Keasling on “The Colbert Report”

In an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” JBEI CEO Jay Keasling explained how he and his JBEI colleague are engineering bacteria to produce fuel from sugar. Deflecting host Stephen Colbert’s suggestion that he is a mad scientist, Keasling says “the same yeast that we use to produce beer and bread” will soon be…

March 10, 2009