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Agile BioFoundry Announces New Projects

The Agile BioFoundry — a consortium of nine DOE national labs, including Berkeley Lab — has received funding for seven new projects. These projects will allow industry and academic partners to utilize the Agile BioFoundry to develop novel microbial hosts and bio-products or to develop new capabilities and approaches that will advance all aspects of the bio-manufacturing cycle. More>

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iCLEM Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM), the Joint BioEnergy Institute’s flagship outreach program, provides hands-on experience for high potential, low-income high school students. Students and teachers shared their experiences via blogs and social media during the tenth session of iCLEM. More>

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JBEI’s Mortimer Participates in World Economic Forum Meeting

Jenny Mortimer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute and Biosciences Area recently participated in the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, alongside global business and political leaders. This year’s theme was the inclusive growth in the fourth industrial revolution. Mortimer participated at a press conference entitled “Young, Talented and Fighting for Science.” More>

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DOE Renews Funding for Joint BioEnergy Institute at Berkeley Lab

The Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by Berkeley Lab, is one of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers to receive funding in support of innovative research on biofuels and bioproducts. The awards total $40 million for the four centers, marking the next research phase at JBEI. More>

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JGI, JBEI Help Develop Rice Mutant Database for Grasses

Working with UC Davis researchers, the Joint Genome Institute re-sequenced 1,504 rice mutants, allowing Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers to assemble KitBase, the first major large-scale collection of mutations for grass models. This invaluable resource for grass models is being used to improve candidate bioenergy feedstock crops such as switchgrass. More>

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Whole-Genome Sequence of Mutant Rice Could Aid Study of Biofuel Feedstocks

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute, are reporting the first whole-genome sequence of a mutant population of Kitaake, a model variety of rice. Their high-density, high-resolution catalog of mutations facilitates the discovery of novel genes and functional elements that control diverse biological pathways. More>

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Director’s Message on Biosciences Leadership Transition

Biosciences Associate Lab Director Jay Keasling has agreed to take on an important new role as Chief Science and Technology Officer for the Biosciences Area, and Mary Maxon, currently the principal deputy for Biosciences, will replace Keasling as ALD for Biosciences, effective on July 1. More>

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Biotech Partners Recognizes Irina Silva as Exceptional Mentoring Partner

Silva (center), Communications and Outreach manager for the Joint BioEnergy Institute, was recognized for developing activities and internship opportunities for students at JBEI and the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit. Biotech Partners provides underserved youth with personal, academic, and professional development to encourage them to seek science careers. More>

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JBEI Paper Awarded ‘Publication of the Year’

The paper, “End-to-end automated microfluidic platform for synthetic biology: from design to functional analysis,” was selected by the Journal of Biological Engineering. The paper outlines a programmable, multipurpose microfluidic platform and associated software, then applies the platform to major steps of the synthetic biology research cycle. More>

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Women’s History Month: JBEI’s Ee-Been Goh Breaks the Mold

A talented molecular biologist, Ee-Been Goh has made significant contributions to the development of new biofuels in the area of metabolic pathway for diesel-range methyl ketones. She is also an exemplary mentor and contributor to JBEI’s education and outreach efforts, including the iCLEM program. More>

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