Synthetic Research

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Hem Bhandari
Assistant Professor
Bioenergy/biomass Feedstock

Madhu Dhar
Research Associate Professor

Scott Lenaghan
Assistant Professor

Groups and Facilities

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Center for Ag Synthetic Biology 
Unique automated platform for agricultural synthetic biology



Neal Stewart Nominated for UT President’s Discover Award, 10/9/2017

Department of Food Science Changes Name to Better Reflect Focus, 4/30/2017

Power Plant, 2/25/2016


Recent Publications

Warm and Cool Full Spectrum LED Supplements Impact Key Flavor Volatiles in Hydroponically Grown Basil.  Hammock, H. A., D. A. Kopsell, and C. E. Sams.  2018.  HortScience, 53(9): In Press. This Poster won Second Place at the ASHS Annual Conference Graduate Student Poster Competition. [Abstract]

The plastid genome as a chassis for synthetic biology-enabled metabolic engineering: players in gene expression Schindel, H. S., A. A. Piatek, C. N. Stewart, Jr., and S. Lenaghan.  2018.  Plant Cell Reports, 37: 1419-1429.

Plant metabolic engineering in the synthetic biology era: plant chassis selection Stewart, Jr., C. N., N. Patron, A. D. Hanson, and J. M. Jez.  2018.  Plant Cell Reports, 37: 1357-1358.

Hazardous pollutants emissions and environmental impacts from fuelwood burned and synthetic fertilizers applied by tobacco growers in Pakistan.  Hussain, M, R. N. Malik, A. M. Taylor, and M. Puettmann.  2017.  Environmental Technology & Innovation.

Function and Synthetic Biology of Isoprenoids.  Q. Jia, G. Li, T. G. Köllner, J. Y. Fu, X. Chen, W. Xiong, B. Crandall-Stotler, J. L. Bowman, D. J. Weston, Y. Zhang, L. Chen et al., and F. Chen.  2017.  TERPNET 2017, Dalian, China, 2017.

Synthetic promoters for precise control of gene expression in plants.  Stewart, Jr., C. N., and W. Liu.  2017.  Chemical Engineering Progress, 113: 36-39.

Utilization of Spent Microbial Biomass as an Alternative Crop Nitrogen Source Sullivan, C. T., R. Mattingly Harman, N. S. Eash, J. Zahn, F. R. Walker, J. Goddard, A. M. Saxton, D. M. Lambert, D. McIntosh, R. S. Freeland, W. E. Hart, and J. E. Morrison.  2017.  Agronomy Journal, Agron. J. 109:1870–1879 (2017). [Abstract]

Influence of Position, Age, and Environmental Factors on Photosynthesis of Red Raspberry Leaves Deyton, D. E., S. H. Hunt, and C. E. Sams.  2016.  Acta Horticulturae, Acta Hortic. 1133:247-252. [Abstract]

Recent progress toward lignin valorization via selective catalytic technologies and the tailoring of its biosynthetic pathways.  Key, R. E., and J. J. Bozell.  2016.  ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 4:5123-5135.

Synplastome 2.0: Synthetic plastid genome to reprogram chloroplast function for the production of fuels and chemicals.  Lenaghan, S., H. Daniell, A. Melis, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2016.  ARPA-E TERRA Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ.

Plant synthetic promoters and transcription factors Liu, W., and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2016.  Current Opinion in Biotechnology.

The future: advanced plant biotechnology, genome editing, and synthetic biology Liu, W., and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2016.  Plant Biotechnology and Genetics: Principles, Techniques and Applications, Second Edition., Pp. 383-401. Wiley and Sons. Hoboken, New Jersey. Stewart, C.N., Jr. (Ed).