Robert Jinkerson Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, Applied Chemistry, 2014
Biotechnology and Biomolecular Engineering
We are broadly interested in photosynthetic organisms, such as algae and plants. These
photosynthetic organisms have huge economic and environmental importance. Our research
aims to make fundamental discoveries about the biology of these organisms and then
use this knowledge to engineer solutions to problems in the fields of energy, food,
and the environment.
Current topics of research in the lab include:
- Metabolic engineering algae to increase production of bioproducts and biofuels.
- Functional genomics in the green lineage using Chlamydomonas
- Discovering the molecular mechanisms that govern coral-algal symbiosis and how these influence coral bleaching
Additional topics we like to think about and explore in the lab include:
- The evolution of algal endosymbiotic relationships, such the chloroplast.
- What will agriculture look like in 100 years? 1000 years? How can we engineer plants to produce the food we need in systems that are completely orthogonal to our current agricultural practices, such as on a spaceship or in another built environment?
- If plants can be reduced to single cells (plant cell cultures) can we treat them like other microbes (such as algae) and subject them to high-throughput methods?
Topics: algae, plants, synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, systems biology (genomics, transcriptomics, lipidomics), microbiology, bioinformatics, evolution, symbiosis, coral
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LSRF Fellowship sponsored by the Simons Foundation, 2014
NSF GRFP, 2010
McNair Scholar, 2006