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>
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>
Thanks to the Energy Department’s Small Business Voucher pilot, bioenergy startup Mango Materials is testing new processes for producing renewable plastics that are biodegradable and petroleum-free. Last fall, Mango Materials received a voucher to work with Berkeley Lab, which allowed access to the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU). More>
In an effort to raise awareness about food insecurity in Alameda County, JBEI and ABPDU organized a fund drive for the Alameda County Community Food Bank. A total of $2,514 was raised for a virtual food drive. In addition more than five barrels of non-perishable foods were contributed by JBEI and ABPDU employees.
JBEI’s iCLEM program offers paid summer science experience to current sophomores and juniors in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco schools. Selected students will complete a real-world biofuels research project in a state-of-the-art lab, prepare for the college admissions process, and explore STEM careers. Application deadline is March 12. More>
The yeast S. cerevisiae is an excellent organism for commercial-scale production of biological molecules, though its strain development remains painstakingly slow. Now, JBEI researchers have developed the largest, most comprehensive Cas9-based toolkit to quickly institute genetic changes in S. cerevisiae to optimize heterologous gene expression. More>
The Dec. 9 event celebrated the end of the semester and highlighted the research projects of JBEI undergraduates. A contest was held for best poster and best oral presentation. After intense deliberations by the judges, Vy Ngo (Feedstocks) won Best Poster and Danika Nimlos (Fuels Synthesis) won Best Oral Presentation. More>
The Carlsberg Foundation and the Carlsberg Research Laboratory have awarded Henrik Scheller — the Joint BioEnergy Institute’s vice president of Feedstocks — the 2016 Kaj Linderstrøm-Lang Prize for his outstanding achievements on identifying and characterizing enzymes involved in synthesis and modification of the plant cell wall. More>
Bloom — chair of the Assembly Budget Committee on Resources and Transportation — has pushed for increasing renewable energy development and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. During his visit, Bloom learned about the latest developments in bioenergy research and bioproducts production.
Researchers at JBEI, in collaboration with the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology Division and JGI, developed a versatile system, named jStack, which utilizes yeast homologous recombination to efficiently assemble DNA into plant transformation vectors. The new approach will impact plant engineering for the bioenergy, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. More>