The Summers lab is working to metabolically engineer bacteria and yeast cells to produce chemicals, fuels, and pharmaceuticals. Specifically, the group focuses on engineering enzymes, gene networks, and genetic regulatory elements in microbial cells.
Research projects in the Summers lab include
As society moves away from use of petroleum resources for production of fuels and chemicals, their replacements must come from natural, renewable resources. To meet this need, the Summers lab seeks to engineer bacteria and yeast cells to produce bulk and fine chemicals from biomass. In addition to these chemicals, the group is looking at production of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals in metabolically engineered microbial cells.