Contact: Burckhard Seelig
Project Title: Biocatalysis and Directed Evolution of Designer Enzymes
Research Description: Our lab focuses on implementing Darwinian evolution in a test tube to generate novel proteins with custom-made properties. One objective of our research is to create enzymes as 'designer catalysts' because there is considerable interest in harnessing the power of enzymes for the synthesis of chemicals and pharmaceuticals and for the conversion of biomass. We are also studying our new enzymes in detail to help elucidate basic principles of biocatalysis and protein evolution. The research carried out in our lab combines a number of different disciplines, including molecular biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry and protein engineering.
UROP Project: We have a variety of projects available. Initially, you will work closely with another lab member to learn the necessary techniques. The goal for you is to quickly become independent in executing your own experiments.