EBI Personnel Directory Cavalcante, Janaina

Biomass Depolymerization

Janaina Cavalcante

japiassu@illinois.edu

 

 

Program(s)

Biocatalysis and Conversion of Plant Cell Wall Polysaccharides to Biofuels

A major limitation of microorganisms used in fermentation of carbohydrates to ethanol is their lack of enzymes required for the efficient conversion of cellulose to sugars. Nature, however, has evolved such enzymes that degrade cell walls in places like the stomach of cows. This work is identifying the genes that encode for such enzymes, with a view to development of more highly active enzyme systems for use in the bioenergy-crops-to-fuels conversion.