Lab News

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

Team Saffron wins Ag Springboard Entrepreneurship Award

posted Apr 16, 2015, 7:27 PM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated 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. 

Vroom, vroom. Olga hitches a ride---with NASCAR's Jeff Gordon!

posted Apr 15, 2015, 5:48 AM by Wayne Curtis

Penn State announced a new partnership with Axalta Coating Systems to promote business and STEM education! Olga was the singularly chosen as a student in STEM to catch a ride with Jeff Gordon (#24)!! Check her out!
And the new paint job too (courtesy of Curtis' selfie). Lol.

Sergio's BABYBOOM paper accepted March 23rd!! Yahhh for cacao!!

posted Mar 29, 2015, 10:29 AM by April Hile   [ updated Mar 29, 2015, 10:32 AM ]

CurtisLab's 4th paper of 2015, Enhanced somatic embryogenesis in Theobroma cacao using the homologous BABYBOOM transcription factor, has been accepted to BMC Plant Biology as of March 23rd, 2015. Here's to Rachel & Sergio's efforts at rescuing cacao!!!

Hat Trick on Friday the 13th...and/or early Valentine's Day!

posted Feb 14, 2015, 11:24 AM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 11:27 AM ]

Curtis Lab's 3rd paper of 2015, Jun's Proton stoichiometric imbalance during algae photosynthetic growth on various nitrogen sources: Towards metabolic pH control was accepted to the Journal of Applied Phycology on February 13th, 2015!

On a roll...lab's 2nd paper of the year--Nymul's--accepted!

posted Feb 14, 2015, 10:56 AM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated Mar 29, 2015, 10:29 AM by April Hile ]

Nymul's paper Triterpene hydrocarbon production engineered into a metabolically versatile host - Rhodobacter capsulatus was accepted February 11th, 2014 in Biotechnology and Bioengineering!!

Long Overdue Publication! Intimin paper accepted January 16th!!!

posted Feb 14, 2015, 10:36 AM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 10:36 AM ]

The manuscript, Scale-up of transgenic tobacco cells that express intimin of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157:H7 as a transitional platform for an oral cattle vaccine, (Ref.:  Ms. No. IVPL-D-13-00224R2) which details work 'resurrected' from ~2003-5 including work by Kristin O'Neill (now at Merck for nearly a decade) has finally been accepted! Accepted for publication in In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Plant as of January 16th, 2015. 

Nymul / Amalie's Paper on Electrofuels Process Economics (Free Access)

posted Sep 29, 2014, 3:36 PM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 3:39 PM ]

As part of our ARPA-e Electrofuels project, we conducted an extensive process economic analysis.
This follows up John's honors thesis on the topic and Amalie's effort to provide initial process analysis based on microbial energetics work.  

A process economic assessment of hydrocarbon biofuels production using chemoautotrophic organisms
Nymul E. Khan, John A. Myers, Amalie L. Tuerk, Wayne R. Curtis
Bioresource Technology, 172:201–211, 2014.
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.08.118

The Journal provides 50 days of free access (even to those without Journal access); therefore, you can download the PDF from the following URL for free until November 17, 2014  http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Pn5e3QUFYqPkw
After that time we will post the pre-print documents as a link on this web site under PUBLICATIONS. 

Sergio's co-authored paper on Squid protein bioplastics publishes

posted Aug 17, 2014, 2:43 PM by April Hile   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 10:50 PM by Wayne Curtis ]

In a collaboration with Dr. Melik Demeril, the proteins from squid sucker 'ring tooth' which have unique bioplastic properties were cloned and recombinantly expressed in E.coli.  
The paper was published in Advanced Functional Materials:  



Cacao Microarray paper publishes

posted Aug 16, 2014, 7:09 PM by Wayne Curtis

Sergio Coauthors on Chocolate Tree Microarray paper entitled "Genome-wide analysis reveals divergent patterns of gene expression during zygotic and somatic embryo maturation of Theobroma cacao L., the chocolate tree"   ... after over a year of iterations and a tremendous amount of 'legwork' by Sergio reworking various bioinformatic scenarios.  

And then there were three...

posted Aug 1, 2014, 4:05 PM by Wayne Curtis

Three Ph.D.s: Dr. Erbakan, Dr. Zuroff, & Dr. Curtis (of course)...

... for a week or so at least---until Dr. Zuroff left for Houston to work for Shell Oil (#abandonmentIssues).

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