Biology Department Seminar

"Synthetic Biology: Putting Synthesis into Biology"

Presented by Huimin Zhao, Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, and Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Institute for Genomic Biology, and Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Friday, January 13, 2012, 10:30 am — John Dunn Seminar Room, Bldg. 463

Synthetic biology is the deliberate design of novel biological systems and organisms that draws on principles elucidated by biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers. It is a rapidly growing area with broad applications in medical, chemical, food, and agricultural industries. In this talk, I will discuss our recent work on the development and application of new synthetic biology tools. Specifically, I will discuss a new tool for rapid construction of large DNA molecules such as pathways and plasmids and its application in (1) discovery, characterization, and engineering of novel natural product biosynthetic pathways for drug discovery and development and (2) engineering of recombinant yeast strains that can efficiently utilize lignocellulose raw materials to produce biofuels and chemicals. In addition, I will discuss a new bioprocess for synthesis of xylitol, one of DOE’s top 12 platform chemicals for biorefinery.
http://www.chemistry.illinois.edu/faculty/Huimin_Zhao.html

Hosted by: Reinhold Mann/John Shanklin

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