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Microbially produced oils and fats have a wide range of applications, such as the production of biofuels, infant formula, and ethical palm oil. Ledesma-Amaro's project aims to improve the production yield of oils in yeast while simultaneously decreasing expensive downstream processing.
Fluorinated organic molecules are difficult to manufacture sustainably due to requiring harsh chemical conditions. Nikel’s group has developed a process to biomanufacture a diverse set of fluorinated molecules that can be used in the electronics, healthcare, automotive, and wearables industries.
SynbioCAD is a software for designing metabolic routes for bioproduction that can save technicians hours of work. It enables end-to-end pathway design and engineering, from strain and target selection to the generation of scripts driving liquid handlers for plasmid assembly and strain transformations.