- Post Doctoral
MIT Unit Affiliation:
- Chemical Engineering
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Characterizing metabolic perterbations in the performance of genetic circuits in yeast S. cerevisiae.
Microalgae have potential to replace petroleum-based fuels due to their ability to accumulate high quantities of lipids that can be converted to biofuel. This dissertation describes investigations to stimulate lipid production in microalgae with chemical triggers, unravel algae lipid metabolism with metabolomics, understand and shift microalgae lipid metabolism to produce lipids with improved biofuel characteristics, monitor conversion of lipids to biodiesel using NMR spectroscopy, and increase sustainability of microalgae-based biofuels by remediating wastewater.
Top 5 Awards and honors (name of award, date received):
5 Recent Papers:
Anderson, L. A.; Franz, A. K., (2015), "Chemical Signaling and Microalgae Biofuels: From Enhancers to Symbiosis." review in preparation.
Franz, A. K.; Danielewicz, M. A.; Wong, D. M.; Anderson, L. A.; Boothe, J. R., (2013), "Phenotypic Screening with Oleaginous Microalgae Reveals Modulators of Lipid Productivity," ACS Chem. Bio. 8 (5), 1053-1062. 10.1021/cb300573r
Franz, A. K.; Danielewicz, M.; Wong, D. M.; Anderson, L. A. Methods for increasing lipid levels and producing triacylglycerols in algae. 8,778,643, Filed: Mar 15, 2012, Issued: July 15, 2014. WO2013138523 A1
Anderson, L. A.; Franz, A. K., (2012), "Real-Time Monitoring of Transesterification by 1H NMR Spectroscopy: Catalyst Comparison and Improved Calculation for Biodiesel Conversion," Energy Fuels. 26 (10), 6404-6410. 10.1021/ef301035s
Danielewicz, M. A.; Anderson, L. A.; Franz, A. K., (2011), "Triacylglycerol profiling of marine microalgae by mass spectrometry," J. Lipid Res. 52 (11), 2101-2108. 10.1194/jlr.D018408