Congrats to Anton, whose paper entitled “Congo Red fluorescence for rapid in situ characterization of synthetic curli systems” is available online now at Applied and Environmental Microbiology! The manuscript describes a new method to monitor the production of curli fibers directly from bacterial cultures.
Congrats to Anton, whose Prospective article entitled “Towards the directed evolution of protein materials” is now available at MRS Communications. The forward-looking literature review lays out a vision for a new approach to materials fabrication.
Congrats to Richie Tay and M. B. Avinash on their article on the use of engineered curli fibers to isolate lanthanide ions from complex moistures of metals being featured in Green Chemistry’s list of hot articles in 2018! The paper is free to download from the journal until the end of March.
Congrats to Junling and Miguel on their publication “Light-driven fine chemical production in yeast biohybrids” in Science! This is our group’s first publication in Science, and it will come online tomorrow! The manuscript describes a bio-hybrid system in which we attached light harvesting nanoparticles to the surface of genetically engineered S. cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) in order to combine the strengths of inorganic materials (i.e. high light harvesting efficiency) with the strengths of biological cells (i.e. performing complex organic chemistry), and avoid their respective weaknesses. The bio-hybrid system is able to produce the desired metabolite – shikimic acid, a precursor in many drug syntheses – more efficiently than the un-engineered yeast.
Overall, this is a way to make microbial factories, which are increasingly being used for the production of drugs, nutraceuticals, and other fine chemicals, more efficient. It is akin to putting solar panels on your house so that you use less power from the grid. Check out the press release and beautiful promo video that we made with the Wyss Media Team.
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