Researchers from the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) developed a new framework that reduces the time of developing novel bioproducts. This new workflow, called Product Substrate Pairing (PSP), has already shown great promise for engineering strains that can convert common bacterial food sources into target molecules.
Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, the science deputy for the Biosciences Area’s Biological Systems and Engineering (BSE) Division and vice president for Biofuels and Bioproducts at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), has been recognized for her “exceptional contributions to the field of microbial engineering for the sustainable production of biofuels and bioproducts, particularly in optimizing and using functional genomics approaches.”
Scientists in the Biosciences Area are exploring the ability of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, to store and protect DNA from damage in an experiment that recently traveled to the International Space Station National Laboratory onboard SpaceX CRS-24.
Division Director Blake Simmons announced that he has named Aindrila Mukhopadhyay as the new Deputy for Science of the Biological Systems and Engineering Division, effective Monday, December 6, 2021. She is taking over for Susan Celniker, a senior scientist and co-Director of the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project who served as the Division Deputy for five years.
Synthetic biologists have successfully engineered microbes to make chemicals cheaply and more sustainably. However, researchers have been limited by the fact that microbes can only make molecules using chemical reactions seen in nature.
A collaboration between scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley has engineered the microbe E. coli to produce a molecule that, until now, could only be synthesized in a laboratory.