New Pathways and Metabolic Models

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Jay Keasling

Chief Executive Officer and Director of New Pathways and Metabolic Models

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Hector Garcia Martin

Scientific Lead of Quantitative Metabolic Modeling and Deputy VP of Biofuels and Bioproducts

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Tyler Backman

Research Scientist

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Alberto Nava

Graduate Student Research Associate

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Tijana Radivojevic

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Christopher Lawson

Post Doctoral Researcher

The mission of the New Pathways and Metabolic Models Department at JBEI is to select, develop, and demonstrate efficient conversion strategies to transform biomass-derived sugars and aromatics into infrastructure- and engine-compatible biofuels, as well as into drop-in and novel bioproducts. To develop biosynthetic and hybrid biological-chemical (semisynthetic) pathways to a variety of prioritized biofuels and bioproducts JBEI scientists are 1) developing a retrobiosynthesis pathway predictor that will enable prioritized selection of biological pathways, enzymes, and chemical transformations to produce a desired target; 2) developing biosynthetic pathways to the desired targets or to intermediates that can be converted using chemistry into the desired biofuel or bioproduct; and 3) developing and testing a number of chemical transformations from biologically produced intermediates to the desired biofuel or bioproduct.

Projects

  • Development of a retrobiosynthesis pathway predictor that will enable prioritized selection of biological pathways, enzymes, and chemical transformations to produce a desired target
  • Development of synthetic biology pathways to the desired biofuel or bioproduct (r intermediates) using modular pathways such as the polyketide synthases
  • Development of mechanistic and non-mechanistic models for optimizing flux through engineering metabolic pathways

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