Harry Beller

Director of Biofuels Pathways

Research Focus

Characterization of bacterial metabolic diversity in nature, including discovery of enzymes relevant to biosynthesis of fuel-related compounds and environmentally important biogeochemical cycling.

Selected Projects

  • Discovery of novel toluene synthase (phenylacetate decarboxylase) from microbial community, which will enable first-time biochemical synthesis of toluene from glucose
  • Development and optimization of pathways for diesel-range methyl ketone biosynthesis in E. coli
  • Identification of enzymes involved in biosynthesis of ladderane fatty acids by anammox bacteria

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JBEI Expert Harry Beller discusses the production of methyl ketones 

JBEI featured on Chemical & Engineering News

Harry Beller, Director of Biofuels Pathways was one of the interviewees of Chemical & Engineering News cover story about JBEI.


Sweet Smell of Success

JBEI Researchers Boost Methyl Ketone Production in E. coli


A Fragrant New Biofuel

JBEI Researchers Develop a New Candidate for a Cleaner, Greener and Renewable Diesel Fuel


Enzyme Trio for Biosynthesis of Hydrocarbon Fuels


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