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IIGB Seminar Speaker - Dr. E. Terry Papoutsakis

Friday, October 13, 2017
  12:10–1 p.m.


Location: Genomics Building
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Category: Seminar

Description:

Dear Faculty, Postdocs, Students, and Friends:

You are cordially invited to attend a special seminar presented by the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


 


Dr. E. Terry Papoutsakis


Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


University of Delaware


 


Title:


“101 Years of Clostridial Biotechnologies”



DATE: Friday, October, 13 2017


 LOCATION: Genomics Auditorium, RM 1102A


Time: 12:10 Pm


 


Host: Dr. Ian Wheeldon


Abstract:


2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the first industrial operation of the Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol (ABE) fermentation, based on the Weizmann Clostridium acetobutylicum strain. The ABE fermentation is widely celebrated and studied for its impact on industrial biotechnology, war, and patent policies.  It was originally used to produce acetone for the manufacturing of explosives, but after World-War I, the focus turned to butanol to manufacture lacquers for the car industry. C. acetobutylicum has been established not only as a model organism for the ABE fermentation but also for clostridial genetics and physiology. The last 15-20 years have seen great progress in understanding the genetic and physiology but also the engineering of this and many other clostridia, an ever-expanding list of them in fact. Organisms of importance to production of chemicals and fuels, cellulose and hemicellulose degradation, CO2 fixation (the “acetogens” among clostridia), but also those of importance to human health, notably those of importance to human microbiome, and the human pathogens. My goal is to provide a brief historical perspective of the field, and then emphasize recent advances and future needs to advance clostridial biotechnologies, which have come a long way from obscurity to prominence.

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Institute for Integrative Genome Biology

Contact Information:
Institute for Integrative Genome Biology
(951) 827-7177
genomics@ucr.edu