Synthetic metabolism and the impact of biotechnology on sustainability


What is the present situation and what challenges lie ahead to realize photobiotechnology with impact?

 

About Dr. Patrik R. Jones

Patrik R. Jones, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in Industrial Biotechnology at the Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London. A common theme throughout his entire career is the reconstitution or construction of metabolic pathways, from native to synthetic. The group´s focus since 2005 is placed on engineering heterotrophic and photoautotrophic microorganisms for the conversion of renewable substrates (sugar or light and CO2) into chemicals that (i) can immediately be separated from a liquid production process and which are (ii) compatible with the existing infra-structure for storage, distribution and utilization.

 

Abstract

Algal biotechnology can potentially make an important contribution towards increasing our future sustainability by enabling more resource-efficient production of food, chemicals and fuel. At present, however, it does not. Even industrial biotechnology is struggling to make-a-difference, at least with respect to the replacement of fossil fuel. What is the present situation and what challenges lie ahead to realize photobiotechnology with impact? I will argue that flexibility, robustness, whole-systems consideration and synthetic metabolism are likely to be important. Practical implementation will require a community effort to enable the principles of synthetic biology to be effectively used for both development and translation of this exciting but still understudied class of biotechnologically valuable organisms

 

This seminar is part of a seminar series hosted by SciLifeLab Fellows

 

Date: May 27

Time: 10:00-11:00

Venue: Alfa 2 lunch room, SciLifeLab Solna

Host: Paul Hudson