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Bryan Mejia-Sosa

Bryan Mejia-Sosa
Previous degree(s): 
BS, Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD start year: 
Award Year: 
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Research Advisor(s): 
Huimin Zhao
Description of Research: 

Growing concerns over the sustainability of existing petrochemical technologies has created a demand for renewable energy and chemical production systems. Metabolic engineering has the potential to produce useful and unique chemicals from readily available starting materials using genetically-modified microorganisms. Yeast are attractive cellular machines for the production of valuable chemicals as they can grow on lignocellulosic sugars derived from non-food biomass. My research is focused on developing the oleaginous yeast strain R. toruloides as a biological platform to produce high-levels of lipid-derived products. This biological approach to chemical production brings the world one step closer towards feasible alternatives to petrochemicals.