Advanced Water Management Centre

AWMC Seminar Program: Dr Jens Krömer

Balancing microbial redox metabolism for new biotech applications

Abstract: In the Centre for Microbial Electrochemical Systems (CEMES) we use systems and synthetic biology approaches in combination with bio-electrochemical systems. We supply a physical source or sink for electrons and enable unique biotechnology applications. We use metabolic modelling to predict microbial phenotypes and to develop strain engineering strategies for production of chemicals and fuels. And we use communities and new isolates for CO2 fixation and nutrient removal. In cases where redox balance is a limitation we interface microbes with solid state electrodes via direct contact, the use of shuttle molecules as well as changed expression of membrane and periplasmic enzymes. In particular we work on production of carboxylates and aromatics in a range of microbes including Pseudomonas putida, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and new isolates and harness the natural occurring microbes in urine for the removal and recovery of N, P, K.

Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 09 October 2015
9am - 10am
Venue: AIBN Building 75, Level 1 Seminar Room

Event Contact: awmcseminars@awmc.uq.edu.au