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JBEI Discovery Leads to Improved Usage of Full Set of Sugars for Biofuel

Xylose utilization remains the primary bottleneck in fully using the renewable plant biomass. In a recent paper, JBEI researchers report the discovery and characterization of a yeast sugar transporter variant with superior Vmax (uptake rates) for xylose. This discovery will be valuable in developing biomanufacturing strains that can use the full set of sugars generated from plant biomass. More>

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Blake Simmons Named Division Director for Biological Systems and Engineering

Simmons’ appointment begins on Feb. 10. The Biological Systems and Engineering Division is part of the newly formed Biosciences Area. Simmons will retain his position as Chief Scientific and Technology Office and Vice President of the Deconstruction Division at JBEI. More>

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JBEI appoints new VP and Deputy VP of Fuels Synthesis Division

JBEI CEO Jay Keasling has announced that Aindrila Mukhopadhyay will step into the role of Vice President of the Fuels Synthesis Division. This announcement comes after a national search and interview process. Taek Soon Lee has been named by Mukhopadhyay as Deputy Vice President of the Fuels Synthesis Division. More>

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One-Stop Shop for Biofuels

Seema Singh and Blake Simmons of the Joint BioEnergy Institute led the development of a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water use and waste disposal. “High gravity” means high biomass loading — the higher the biomass loading, the lower the costs for converting to fuels. More>

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Bay Area Science Festival ‘Discovery Day’ on Nov. 7

The festival is the largest science education event in the Bay Area, with activities taking place at a number of locations. Discovery Day will take place at AT&T Park on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. JBEI will have a booth there, in the Science@Cal Zone. The event is free. More>

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JBEI Featured on Chemical & Engineering News

The Oct. 26 edition of Chemical & Engineering News did a cover story about the Joint Bioenergy Institute’s efforts to transform biomass into energy-rich fuel molecules and its future plans for research and development of biobased chemicals. More>

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Keasling Wins Israeli Prime Minister Alternative Transportation Award

JBEI’s Jay Keasling was honored for his pioneering research in biofuels. He shares the $1 million prize with John Goodenough of the University of Texas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu established the prize to help revolutionize the alternate transportation field in Israel and abroad. More>

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Keasling Wins Israel’s Top Prize in Alternative Fuels

Jay Keasling, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences and CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), has been named by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a winner of this year’s Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation.

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JBEI Joins Elite 100/500 Club

DOE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is now a member of the elite “100/500 Club,” having filed its 100th patent application and published its 500th scientific paper. A DOE Bioenergy Research Center led by Berkeley Lab, JBEI’s main mission is to accelerate the development of advanced, next-generation biofuels. More>

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JBEI’s Sarah Richardson Honored for Contribution to East Bay Schools

Sarah Richardson is among those who received a “Business Person of the Year” award from the Eden Area Regional Occupation Program. She was honored for work with students in the program’s biotechnology classes and commitment to increasing the awareness of STEM fields among underrepresented students. More>

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