Lynd Research Lab
Lynd Lab News
- Ashie Bhandiwad (PhD, Engineering, 2012) hired as an Associate Specialist at the Energy Biosciences Institute.
- Welcome new graduate students Michael Balch (Chemical Engineering, University of New Hampshire), Dhananjay Beri (Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering, IIT Delhi), Shuen Hon (Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Xiaoyu Liang (Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University).
- Congratulations to recent degree recipients Devin Currie (PhD, Molecular and Cell Biology, currently a Post Doc in Greg Stephanopoulos' lab, MIT), Evan Ludwig (MS, Engineering, currently Senior Consultant, Navigant Consulting), Liz Mearls (PhD, Molecular and Cell Biology, currently Post Doctoral Associate in Amy Camp's lab, Mt. Holyoke).
- Undergraduate Ben Waller first author on an archival journal paper (Waller et al.. 2013. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 338(1):46-53).
- Veronique Archambault-Leger wins prestigious Link Energy Fellowship.
- Tianyong Zheng wins best student poster award at the Bioenergy Science Center retreat.
- Professor Lynd gives Wintrop Lecture, University of Arkansas; Keynote lecture, 35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals; Closing Lecture, Advanced Course on Microbial Physiology, Delft Technical University, the Netherlands.
- Professor Lynd is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, SCOPE (Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment) Rapid Assessment Process on Biofuels and Sustainability.
- Professor Lynd was a Visiting Professor at the University of Campinas, Brazil during the 4th quarter of 2012.
The research lab at Dartmouth led by Professor Lee Lynd is active in research on the following topics:
- Microbial Cellulose Utilization, including fundamental and applied aspects
- Metabolic Engineering, focusing on thermophilic cellulolytic bacteria for fuel production
- Innovative Biomass Processing Technologies, including development, design, and evaluation
- Sustainable Bioenergy Futures, including resource, environment, and economic development
We approach these topics from a diversity of academic disciplines with molecular biology, microbiology, chemical/biochemical engineering providing the foundation for the first three. Consistent with the "Pasteur's Quadrant" model articulated by Donald Stokes (Brookings Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1997), we see advancing applied capability and increased fundamental understanding as having strong potential to be convergent and mutually-reinforcing, and we aspire to work in this mode.
A central theme of the Lynd group is processing cellulosic biomass in a single step without added enzymes. Such "consolidated bioprocessing" (CBP) is a potential breakthrough, and "is widely considered to be the ultimate low-cost configuration for cellulose hydrolysis and fermentation" (joint DOE/USDA Roadmap, 2007). We are focused on production of ethanol, a promising renewable fuel. The CBP strategy is however potentially applicable to a very broad range of fuels and chemicals.
Dr. Lynd is assisted in running the lab by management team members Research Scientist Dr. Dan Olson (Metabolic Engineering), Research Scientist Dr. Julie Paye (Microbial Cellulose Utilization), and Research Professor Dr. Xiongjun Shao (Innovative Biomass Processing Technologies). The Lynd group (see group members) includes post doctoral associates, graduate students, technicians, undergraduates, and, from time to time, visiting scientists. Our activities are enhanced by close collaborations with a network of colleagues around the world, the DOE Bioenergy Science Center, and Mascoma Corporation.