EBI Personnel Directory Zhao, Huimin


Biofuels Production

Huimin Zhao

zhao5@illinois.edu

 

 

Program(s)

Engineering a Yeast Strain that Efficiently Utilizes C5/C6 Sugars

The program team is working to engineer a yeast strain capable of efficiently utilizing C5/C6 sugars for the economical production of biofuels. The group’s efforts focus on Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the pre-eminent microorganism for industrial production of ethanol. They are studying the construction and engineering of novel pentose utilization pathways in S. cerevisiae; the discovery, characterization and engineering of pentose transporters; and the optimization of sugar utilization pathways for ethanol production through metabolic flux analysis and construction of an integrated pathway model for sugar utilization.


Neurospora crassa as a model for mechanisms of plant biomass conversion to biofuels