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JBEI’s Sarah Richardson Will Keynote SXSW Eco 2016

Joint BioEnergy Institute postdoc Sarah Richardson will be a keynote speaker at SXSW Eco 2016 — a conference that celebrates the power of design, technology, and business to drive global change — in Austin, Texas, Oct. 10-12. Richardson’s speech will explore the realities and promise of synthetic biology and gene editing. More>

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JBEI Scientists Explore Novel Enzyme for Aromatic Biofuel Synthesis

In a Scientific Reports (Nature) paper titled “In vitro characterization of phenylacetate decarboxylase, a novel enzyme catalyzing toluene biosynthesis in an anaerobic microbial community,” Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers investigated an enzyme that could enable first-time biochemical production of the widely used octane booster, toluene. More>

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JBEI Participates in ‘Summer of Synbio’

The Joint BioEnergy Institute collaborated with the Engineering Biology Research Consortium for the recent launch of the “summer of synbio” at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. The activity was part of the Building with Biology project, a nationwide effort to bring synthetic biologists and the public together at science museums across the U.S. this summer. More>

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National Student Leadership Conference Visits JBEI

High school students taking part in National Student Leadership Conference’s Biotechnology program hosted at Laney College visited the Joint BioEnergy Institute for lab tours, bioenergy overviews and STEM career explorations. This summer 164 NSLC students visited JBEI. Since 2014, 420 NSLC students from across the country have been given the opportunity to visit JBEI. More>

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High School Summer Research Program Seeks to Foster Diversity in Science

The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM) program provides Bay Area high school students with valuable hands-on experience in the lab and guidance for continuing a career in science. The students are hosted by the Joint BioEnergy Institute. More>

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Using Hydrogen Sulfide, CO2 to Drive Renewable Fuel, Chemical Production

In a Metabolic Engineering Communications paper entitled “Enhanced fatty acid production in engineered chemolithoautotrophic bacteria using reduced sulfur compounds as energy sources” researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have shown a promising approach to convert nuisance chemicals in municipal wastewater (sewage) treatment plants into renewable fuels or chemicals. More>

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Scientists Harness CO2 to Consolidate Biofuel Production Process

JBEI scientists have shown that adding carbon dioxide gas during the deconstruction phase of biofuel production successfully neutralized the toxicity of ionic liquids. The technique, which is reversible, allows the liquid to be recycled, representing a major step forward in streamlining the biofuel production process. More>

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JBEI Researcher Participates at ‘Dinner with a Scientist’

Sarah LaFrance, a software developer in the Synthetic Biology Informatics Group, volunteered last week at “Dinner with a Scientist” organized by the Oakland Unified School District. LeFrance talked with fourth and fifth graders about her role at the Lab, as well as the work JBEI is doing to develop alternative energy sources.

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JBEI Develops Workflow to Improve Biofuels Productivity

In a Cell Systems paper entitled “Characterizing strain variation in engineered E. coli using a multi-omics based workflow” researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and UC San Diego developed a workflow that integrates various omics data and genome-scale models to study the effects of biofuel production in a microbial host. More>

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Brewing Jet Fuel in a One-Pot Recipe

Lab scientists have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a “one-pot” method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. The achievement is a critical step in making biofuels a viable competitor to fossil fuels. More>

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