MORE | Spring 2024

Engineering a Microbial Chimera for Biosynthesis of Green Solvents

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Chimeras are engineered organisms that can be used to produce valuable chemicals. Through genetic engineering, gene insertion and deletion, scientists are able to direct metabolic flux towards a chemical of interest. If engineered correctly, a microbial chimera can be used to synthesize biodegradable, recyclable, petrochemical-free solvents. This would alleviate the strain put on our environment by widespread petrochemical usage. Demonstrated in this project is the metabolic engineering and molecular biology approaches required to produce a green solvent producing microbial chimera.

Student researcher

Jackson Comes

Chemical engineering

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2024