EBI Personnel Directory Zhang, Shuyan

Biofuels Production

Shuyan Zhang

zhang130@illinois.edu

 

 

Project(s)

Engineering Zymomonas mobilis for the Efficient Production of Biofuels from Lignocellulosic Biomass

Zymomonas mobilis is potentially a good candidate for the production of ethanol because it can efficiently produce ethanol from simple sugars at rates far greater than those reported for yeast, and is both robust to contamination and has a relatively high tolerance to ethanol. Z. mobilis, which can only natively ferment glucose, has been engineered to utilize both arabinose and xylose, however it cannot yet do so simultaneously. Rao’s group will engineer Z. mobilis strains with dedicated transporters for arabinose and xylose uptake in order to increase the efficiency of multiple sugar utilization.