Lab News

This site provides periodic updates of lab activities: publication of papers, awards, graduations etc.

Dr. Curtis awarded 2015 Outstanding Student Chapter Advisor Award

posted Nov 23, 2015, 11:26 AM by April Hile

Serving as Penn State's AIChE Chapter Advisor since 1990, Dr. C was awarded Outstanding Student Chapter Advisor award at t
his year's National AIChE Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT on November 8th.  

CurtisLab takes 2nd at 2015 National AIChE Poster Competition

posted Nov 10, 2015, 6:10 AM by Wayne Curtis

Katie's oral presentation skills showcased the 'puzzles' theme that explains our past (i.e Justin [now NSF Fellow at UCSB]), present (i.e. Katie/Nate), and future (i.e. Haonan) work in bioinformatics and growth experiments with a B. braunii symbiont. 

CurtisLab's 8th paper of 2015!

posted Jun 19, 2015, 2:29 AM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated Jun 19, 2015, 2:36 AM ]

Collaborator, Dr. Ramya, has had her paper, A rapid and economical method for efficient DNA extraction from diverse soils suitable for metagenomic applications, accepted to PLoS ONE today, on June 19th, 2015!!! HERE IS THE PRE-PRINT!!!

Lucky No. 7

posted Jun 14, 2015, 4:49 PM by April Hile

Ramya & Trevor's Paper,  Physiology, genomic, and pathway engineering of an ethanol-tolerant strain of Clostridium phytofermentans was accepted on May 27th, 2015 to Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Big thanks to Billy for carrying on the work and Tina for her help in the final push for submission.

2015's Sixth Paper Accepted!

posted May 19, 2015, 2:16 AM by Wayne Curtis

Mustafa & Brandon's paper, Advancing Rhodobacter sphaeroides as a platform for expression of functional membrane proteins, was accepted May 16th, 2015 into Protein Expression and Purification. Download the accepted pre-print now!

Metabolic Engineering Review Accepted!

posted May 19, 2015, 1:43 AM by Wayne Curtis

After thousands of hours of work and seemingly dozens of iterations, CurtisLab's Dr. Khan (PhD. '15), alumnus Ben Woolston (PhD Candidate, MIT), and 'partner-in-review', Dr. Eric Nybo (Ferris State, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry), Metabolic Engineering Review was finally accepted on April 29th, 2015!!! Download the Accepted Manuscript now and/or DOI: 10.1016/j.ymben.2015.04.008 in the near future!

Dr. Curtis awarded Lawrence J. Perez Memorial Student Advocate Award!

posted May 11, 2015, 5:56 PM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated May 11, 2015, 5:57 PM ]

Recipients from the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Dinner held April 23rd, 2015.
Left to Right: Dr. Andrew Zydney, M.J. Smith, Laurinda Benner, Dr. Wayne Curtis, & Dr. Rob Rioux!

Dean Elnashai awards Dr. Curtis the The Lawrence J. Perez Memorial Student Advocate Award, which recognizes a College of Engineering faculty member who contributes to the welfare of students and enriches the College by his or her willingness to devote significant time and effort to assist students with academic and/or personal problems. Nominated by his fellow students, excerpts from nomination letters were shared including the noteworthy mention of his willingness to put students first despite a "timebomb of a calendar"---Thanks Olga!!

Dr. Curtis & his 'entourage'
From left to right: Erica Lennox, Olga Vinogradova, Danielle Dunshee, Dr. Wayne Curtis, Erik Curtis, & Rachel Erwin

Plant-based cattle vaccine scaled in plant cell culture - Kristin's Publication

posted Apr 20, 2015, 11:00 AM by Wayne Curtis

Congratulations to Kristin O'Neill and her Undergraduate helpers ... as this paper was a 'side project' that was left on a back-burner for nearly a decade as we dealt with a broadening of the labs research focus.  The basic concept is to utilize transgenic plant material expressing a vaccine epitope for pathogenic E.coli as basis for animal vacination when they eat it.  The scaling work was done in a 60L pilot plant bioreactor.  Scale-up of transgenic tobacco cells that express intimin of enterohemorrhagicEscherichia coli O157:H7 for use as a transitional platform for an oral cattle vaccine.  

Algae H+ stoichiometry paper publishes - Congratulations Jun

posted Apr 20, 2015, 10:31 AM by Wayne Curtis

Jun's paper that examines the details of proton imbalance during growth on different nitrogen sources published in Applied Phycology.  Proton stoichiometric imbalance during algae photosynthetic growth on various nitrogen sources: toward metabolic pH control.  

Team Saffron wins Ag Springboard Entrepreneurship Award

posted Apr 16, 2015, 7:27 PM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated Apr 19, 2015, 3:23 PM by April Hile ]

Led by Nate Hamaker, the group (including CurtisLab's Tina Lai) made it to the finals, and eventually second place ($2500) for their idea and business plan associated with the  Ag Springboard Entrepreneurship Comptition.   This is an exciting step towards demonstrating and commercializing their idea.  Congratulations Nate, Tina and the rest of the team they assembled. 

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