EBI Personnel Directory Pinel, Dominic

Biofuels Production

Dominic Pinel

dpinel@berkeley.edu

 

 

Project(s)

Development of an Oleaginous Yeast Model System

Several oleaginous yeast (Rhodosporidium toruloidesLipomyces spp.Yarrowia lipo/ytica) are being studied to compare their genetic tractability and lipid productivities. The goal of the project is to identify the best strain for carrying out detailed functional genomic, QTL mapping, and metabolic engineering studies to make fatty acid-derived diesel-like fuels in oleaginous yeast. The team seeks to understand why oleaginous yeast exhibit high flux from glucose to fatty acids. This knowledge will also be used to improve advanced biofuel yields in other yeast hosts, such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae (started in 2012).