For all you VCU undergrads out there, SustainLab is starting in Spring 2017! SustainLab will be part of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program (http://www.vip.vcu.edu/) and will focus on identifying, developing, and implementing multi-disciplinary designs to address current problems that negatively affect urban quality of life. The first focus will be on designing and implementing Green Walls in Richmond to address carbon sequestration. This project will be completed in collaboration with faculty and students from Art and Biology.
Our collaborative study title "Enumeration and Cartesian Product Decomposition of Alternate Optimal Fluxes in Cellular Metabolism" has been accepted for publication in INFORMS Journal on Computing.
Eric Newsome's abstract titled "Prototype of a Smart Fabric for Detection and Degradation of Organophosphate-based Neurotoxins" has been accepted for a poster presentation at the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Conference.
Thanks to everyone who voted for our picture of Endobugula to be on the cover of Applied and Environmental Microbiology! We won the online vote and will be featured as the cover picture on an upcoming AEM journal!
Our collaborative manuscript titled "Single sample resolution of rare microbial dark matter in a marine invertebrate metagenome" has been accepted for publication in Scientific Reports.
Our collaborative manuscript titled: Lack of overt genome reduction in the bryostatin-producing bryozoan symbiont, "Candidatus Endobugula sertula" has been accepted for publication.
Eric Newsome presented his 2nd year poster as part of the VCU Bridges to Baccalaureate program. Congrats Eric!
We are featured in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article!
Read the article on their website.
Qiang Yan recently gave a talk at the IBE Annual Conference titled "Metabolic engineering of Serratia marcescens for direct bioconversion of chitin to N-acetylneuraminic acid." Great job!
Congratulations to Qiang Yan for passing the CLSE Departmental Qualifying Exam!
Our collaborative review titled "Metabolic burden: cornerstones in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering applications" has been accepted for publication in Trends in Biotechnology.
Dr. Fong will be giving two talks at the upcoming Governor's Agriculture & Industrial Biotechnology Conference (vabio.org/event/AgBioConference).
A collaborative paper titled "Do Genome-scale Models Need Exact Solvers or Clearer Standards?" has been accepted for publication in Molecular Systems Biology.
Our paper titled "Systematic analysis of intracellular mechanisms of propanol production in the engineered Thermobifida fusca B6 strain" has been published at Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.
Adam Fisher successfully defended his doctoral dissertation yesterday! Congratulations Dr. Fisher!
Our review paper titled "Integrative metabolic engineering" authored by George McArthur, Pooja Nanjannavar, and Emily Miller has been accepted for publication at AIMS Bioengineering.
A collaborative research project with Dr. Christina Tang in our department has been funded. There's a short write-up posted on VCU's website here.
Qiang Yan's review on bacterial chitinases titled "Bacterial Chitinases: Nature and Perspectives for Sustainable Bioproduction" has been accepted for publication in Bioresources and Bioprocessing. This is Qiang's first publication in our group, congrats!
Former lab member, Laura Hayward, is currently in Australia as a Fulbright Scholar. VCU recently published a news article about her here.
We had an opportunity to help with the NASCAR Green Initiative at the recent NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway. Some students were helping to rollout a new carbon calculator that was developed in conjunction with the EPA. Unfortunately the original race day (Saturday) was really rainy, but the students perservered! Here is a link to a news article related to this event.
Dr. Fong recently received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the VCU Engineering Student Council.
We've started a research project in conjunction with Mike Brandt and Garden Grove Brewing Company.
We've been really fortunate to have some great partners to work with in the local craft brewing industry. Here's a recent article in the news about some of this work. The article is titled "Local breweries are partnering with university labs for better beer."
Congratulations to undergraduate students Ms. Briggitte Ha and Ms. Pooja Nanjannavar and mentors Adam Fisher and George McArthur IV for being selected for 2015 DURI Awards!
See the list of awardees here.
Our review paper "Lignin biodegradation and industrial implications" has been accepted for publication. The link to the online version of the manuscript is found here.
Had a great time participating in a discussion panel with Kate from Hardywood and Mike from Strangeways at the VA Biotech Park on "The Science of Craft Beer" hosted by Annie Tobey today!
Dr. Fong was part of the team that met with Stone Brewing as part of the effort to recruit Stone Brewing to Richmond. An article in the Richmond Times Dispatch covers some of this effort here.
Our Review titled "A review of genome-scale metabolic flux modeling of anaerobiosis in biotechnology" written with Drs. Jiun Yen and Ryan Senger from Virginia Tech has been accepted for publication in Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering.
Our mini-review titled "Computational Approaches to Metabolic Engineering Utilizing Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology" has been accepted for publication in Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal.
Our computational model on Thermobifida fusca built using proteomic data has been accepted at BMC Systems Biology.
George McArthur gave a lightning talk at the recent Metabolic Engineering X conference titled "The Impact of Orthogonal Gene Expression on Heterologous Pathway Productivity."
Yu Deng's paper titled "Production of butyric acid by a cellulolytic actinobacterium Thermobifida fusca on cellulose" has been accepted in Biochemical Engineering Journal.
Ms. Emily Miller has started in our group as part of VCU's Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Program. One of her first contributions? DNA cupcakes!
Advait's paper on modeling cellulose degradation with Dr. Ryan Senger titled "Designing novel cellulase systems through Agent-Based Modeling and Global Sensitivity Analysis" has been accepted for publication in Bioengineered.
Dr. Fong co-chaired two sessions for the BIOT Division of ACS with Dr. David Hogsett.
Dr. Fong gave a talk on synthetic biology at the Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile on Sept. 25. It was a great trip with an awesome group in Chile! There is a write-up of the visit here and a second write-up below.
Congratulations to Dr. George McArthur IV who successfully defended his dissertation on April 19, 2013!