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Avalos, Kevrekidis, and Toettcher Team for Schmidt-Funded Project

On February 21, the University announced three new projects to be supported by the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund, a generously endowed fund which “gives Princeton the capacity to invest in truly innovative and highly promising research — research that is often considered too forward-looking for traditional funding mechanisms”.  One of these three projects, targeted at the optimization of biofuel production, will be pursued by Jose Avalos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) and in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Yannis Kevrekidis, Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor and professor in CBE; and Jared Toettcher, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and associated faculty in CBE.  The project will develop and apply an integrated experimental and computational approach to monitoring and controlling the metabolic activity of yeast which simultaneously carry genes that enable them to produce biofuels; genes that encode biosensors to report the amount of fuel being made; and genes that are activated when light is shone upon the yeast, allowing researchers to turn on or off fuel production.