Engineering Biology Objectives & Technical Achievements
Engineer organisms to produce durable, biodegradable materials (including plastics).
Synthesis of gene clusters to produce and export materials.
Implement necessary genetic mutations to improve cell fitness during production.
Engineer biological polymers with the desired properties (such as strength, flexibility, and permeability).
Engineer channels that secrete biopolymers to make purification easier and reduce potential toxic side-effects on host organism.
Develop recyclable and degradable plastics from monomers that can be readily produced from renewable resources using engineered organisms.
Microbes that produce relevant monomers.
Microbes that polymerize monomers into desired polymer morphology (such as branching and chain length).
Design and model genetic programs for pathways and engineered metabolisms in select organisms.