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