MIT Unit Affiliation:
Lab Affiliation(s):
Prather Lab
Areas of Expertise:
  • Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Metabolic Engineering
Date PhD Completed:
March, 2015
Expected End Date of Post Doctoral Position:
April 1, 2017

Lisa A. Anderson

  • Post Doctoral

MIT Unit Affiliation: 

  • Chemical Engineering

Lab Affiliation(s): 

Prather Lab

Date PhD Completed: 

Mar, 2015

Top 3 Areas of Expertise: 

Bioanalytical Chemistry
Synthetic Biology
Metabolic Engineering

Expected End Date of Post Doctoral Position: 

April 1, 2017


Research Projects: 

Characterizing metabolic perterbations in the performance of genetic circuits in yeast S. cerevisiae.

Thesis Title: 

Chemical Stimulation of Lipid Production in Microalgae and Analysis by NMR Spectroscopy for Biofuel Applications

Thesis Abstract: 

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): 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011-2014
Greenovation Champion, Kimberly-Clark Glove Recycling Program, 2014
Eli Lilly/ACS Women Chemists Committee Travel Award, 2012
Bradford Borge Fellowship, Dept. of Chemistry UC Davis, 2009
Lux Fiat Leadership Award, Albion College, 2009

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

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