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Hans-Peter M. Blaschek

Dr. Hans-Peter M. Blaschek

Genetics and Physiology of the solvent-producing clostridia for biotechnology application in the fermentation industry.


Professor Emeritus; blaschek@illinois.edu; more detail here.


 

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Michael J. Miller

Dr. Michael J. Miller

Functional genomics of lactic acid bacteria (LAB); relationship between gut microbiota and health; industrial fermentations; food microbiology and safety.One focus of research in my laboratory is on the functional genomics of lactic acid bacteria (LAB). LAB are extremely important in a wide number of beneficial roles including food fermentations (cheese, yogurt, salami, sourdough bread, sauerkraut, etc.), industrial starter cultures (organic acids, amino acids, proteins, etc.), delivery vehicles (vaccines or enzymes) and probiotics (live organisms which confer a health benefit when administered in adequate amounts). With the advent of functional genomics, the mechanisms of LAB function can be explored and then exploited. For example, a detailed understanding of probiotic functionality will enable the development of improved probiotics that can be used in the treatment of specific diseases. Current projects include: 1) Prebiotic fermentation by probiotics; 2) Probiotic adherence to the GI tract; 3) Lactobacilli genetic diversity; 4) Impact of prebiotics on infant microbiota; and 5) Prebiotics, microbiota and obesity.


Associate Professor; mille216@illinois.edu; more detail here.


 

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Yong-Su Jin

Dr. Yong-Su Jin

Metabolic engineering, which draws upon the key engineering principles of integration and quantification, is a platform technology that provides solutions to various biological problems in the context of systems and synthetic biology. In particular, we are interested in developing and applying systematic and combinatorial methods for strain improvement for the production of fuels, chemicals, and nutraceuticals. Also, we would like to extend these methods for studying fundamental biology problems, such as aging and stress response. The overall goals of our research are (1) to develop useful/efficient computational and experimental tools for the dissection of complex metabolic networks in microbial cells, and (2) to create optimal strains for biotechnological processes using these developed tools.

Probing, characterizing, and engineering cellular state through systems and synthetic biology; Metabolic engineering for production of value added products (fuels, chemicals, and nutraceuticals).


Associate Professor; ysjin@illinois.edu; more detail here.


 

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