Biorenewables Lab

BRL 4th Floor

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BRL 4th Floor

Collectively, the research conducted by the J. Shanks, Jarboe, Shao, Vigil and Nikolau groups is focused on the characterization of novel metabolic processes and how these processes and pathways can be manipulated for the biological production of fuels and commodity chemicals.

Our collaborative environment presents a new paradigm for conducting research at the cutting edge of multiple disciplines, including genetic engineering, metabolic flux, genomics, metabolomics, computational biology, reaction engineering and separations.

One large laboratory is shared by the five groups where researchers are grouped by shared organisms of study (instead of by group or discipline), and all researchers on the floor attend a shared meeting to discuss progress in our research. This strategy allows for interactions and collaborations among scientist, undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers with expertise in a wide range of disciplines and has led to novel and exciting approaches to diverse research problems.

News & Updates

New Professional Award to Marna Yandeau-Nelson
March 17, 2014
Marna Yandeau-Nelson, an associate scientist with the Nikolau research group, was presented this year's New Professional Award at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring Convocation held March 12. "Along with mentoring students, she has developed an independent research program to integrate biology and engineering, based on her expertise in maize genetics." Congratulations, Marna!

CALS Dean Wendy Wintersteen presenting award to Marna Yandeau-Nelson

Basil Nikolau with Marna Yandeau-Nelson


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