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JBEI and ABPDU Raise Funds for Local Food Bank

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.

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Applications for 2017 iCLEM Program Are Now Open

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>

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JBEI Develops New Tools for Engineering Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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>

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JBEI Hosts Fall Undergraduate Poster Session

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>

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Henrik Scheller Receives 2016 Kaj Linderstrøm-Lang Prize

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>

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California Assembly Member Richard Bloom Visits JBEI and ABPDU

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.

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New Plant Synbio Tool Breaks With Tradition

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>

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JBEI volunteers at Bay Area Science Festival

For a second year, JBEI collaborated with the Bay Area Science Festival, the largest science education event in the Bay Area. JBEI hosted an Explorer Day on Oct. 27 for the public which included a tour of its labs, and on Nov. 5 JBEI’s volunteers participated at BASF’s Discovery Day at AT&T Park. JBEI’s booth featured activities to help raise awareness about the benefits of biofuels. More>

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Navigating an Ocean of Biological Data in the Modern Era

Scientists and software engineers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have developed a new -omics visualization tool, Arrowland, which combines different realms of functional genomics data in a single intuitive interface. The aim of this system is to provide scientists an easier way to navigate the ever-growing amounts of biological data generated by the postgenomic revolution. More>

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Sarah Richardson Gives Keynote at South by Southwest (SXSW) Eco Conference

Richardson, a former postdoc at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, presented a talk on the realities and promise of synthetic biology and gene editing. The conference celebrates the power of design, technology, and business to drive global change. Watch>

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