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  • What About BOB? Keasling Leads Bid for Berkeley Open Biofoundry

    Jay Keasling, ALD for Biosciences, and Mary Maxon, who heads strategic planning and development for Biosciences, are spearheading a proposal to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) called BOB – for Berkeley Open Biofoundry. If successful, this proposal would create a new type of user facility in which industrial, academic, and government stakeholders will have access to engineered biological systems, including microbes, plants and tissues, at all stages of the engineering process, including design, building, testing and learning.
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  • PBD Researchers Give Photosynthesis Talks at Swedish Renewable Energy Meeting

    Physical Bioscience Division researchers Yan Kern (left) and Gary Moore (right) were among the invited speakers to the 2014 Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting held in the Chemical and Biological Centre at Umeå University, Sweden. The meeting brought together an international group of researchers at the forefronts of natural and artificial photosynthesis to strengthen and display efforts towards research in the renewable energy field. Kern’s presentation on taking snapshots of photosynthetic water oxidation was in the Natural Photosynthesis session. Moore’s lecture on molecular and nanoscale approaches to solar energy transduction, was in the Artificial Photosynthesis session. Read the LBL Newscenter Article >>

  • JBEI Researchers Engineer Resistance to Ionic Liquids in Biofuel Microbes

    Michael Thelen, Thomas Ruegg and Blake Simmons of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), led the identification of the genetic origins of a resistance to ionic liquids found in a tropical rainforest microbe. This genetic mechanism was then successfully introduced into a strain of E. coli that’s been engineered to produce advanced biofuels. Ionic liquids are used to make cellulosic biomass digestible for the E.coli but have had to be completely removed prior to fermentation because of toxicity. Ionic liquid resistance eliminates this bottleneck. Also contributing to this research were Eun-Mi Kim, Jay Keasling, Steven Singer and Taek Soon Lee. Read the LBL Newscenter Article >>

  • New Tool for Data-Mining at SLAC’s LCLS

    Nicholas Sauter and Paul Adams of the Physical Biosciences Division led the development of a software package called the Computational Crystallography Toolbox for X-ray Free-electron Lasers or cctbx.xfel, that can be used to obtain high-quality images of proteins from the data produced at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). This software not only can be used to study the structures and functions of elusive proteins, it can also be used to mine data from past experiments for new information. Also contributing to this work from Berkeley Lab were Johan Hattne, Nathaniel Echols, Rosalie Tran, Jan Kern, Richard Gildea, Aaron Brewster, Benedikt Lassalle-Kaiser, Alyssa Lampe, Guangye Han, Sheraz Gul, Petrus Zwart, Ralf Grosse-Kunstleve, Junko Yano and Vittal Yachandra. Read the Full Story at SLAC News >>

  • KQED’s QUEST Shines Career Spotlight on JBEI’s Mukhopadhyay

    Aindrila Mukhopadhyay is a microbiologist at Berkeley Lab’s Joint BioEnergy Institute, where she investigates the most effective ways to use microbes to convert plants into biofuels. Mukhopadhyay leads a multidisciplinary team studying stress response in bacteria. Her work ranges from hands-on research to grant writing. As a student Mukhopadhyay was always passionate about science, and she went on to earn a doctorate in chemistry. Every day she celebrates “small victories” at work and enjoys improving biofuels that will power the cars of today and tomorrow. Read the KQED Science QUEST Article Here >>

  • Berkeley Lab’s Adam Arkin Wins 2013 Lawrence Award

    Adam Arkin, director of Berkeley Lab’s Physical Biosciences Division (PBD) and a biologist who is recognized as a leading authority on the evolutionary design principles of cellular networks and populations and their application to systems and synthetic biology, has been named one of six recipients of the 2013 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The E.O. Lawrence Award, the Department of Energy (DOE)’s highest scientific honor, is recognizing Arkin “for his work advancing biological and environmental sciences.”
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