Associations

Name / Contact Description
BioEnergy Science Center

The BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) research program will address this challenge with an interdisciplinary effort focused on overcoming the recalcitrance of biomass. By combining engineered plant cell walls to reduce recalcitrance with new biocatalysts to improve deconstruction, BESC will revolutionize the processing of biomass. These breakthroughs will be achieved with a systems biology approach and new high-throughput analytical and computational technologies. BESC will focus on switchgrass and poplar, identified by the Department of Energy as model feedstock crops for bioenergy production.

Gina Lipscomb
gpries@uga.edu

Biological Electron Tranfer & Catalysis Energy Frontier Research Center

The Biological Electron Tranfer & Catalysis Energy Frontier Research Center's (BETCy-EFRC) mission is to define the molecular mechanisms controlling electron flow in coupling electrochemical potential energy to chemical bond formation. The BETCy EFRC examines the mechanisms of Electron Bifurcation (Combining exergonic and endergonic electron transfer reactions for the efficient coupling of electrochemical potential to chemical bond formation), Nucleotide Driven Electron Transfer (Combining energy stored in chemical bonds with electrochemical potential in electron transfer reactions to efficiently drive difficult chemical bond forming reactions) and Catalytic Bias (Mechanisms for controlling directional catalytic rates in proton coupled electron transfer.

Gerti Schut
gerti@uga.edu

Center for Metalloenzyme Studies

The Center for Metalloenzyme Studies (CMS) is an inter-departmental center of excellence that consists of numerous University of Georgia faculty from various disciplines and departments (Chemistry, Microbiology, and Biochemistry), all of whom have research interests in the study of metals in biology. The mission of the CMS is to conduct state-of-the-art research in the provision of interdisciplinary training for the next generation of biological scientists. The co-Directors of the CMS are Dr. Mike Johnson of the Department of Chemistry and Dr. Mike Adams.

Dr. Michael Johnson
mkj@uga.edu

Ecosystems and Networks Integrated with Genes and Molecular Assemblies (ENIGMA)

Ecosystems and Networks Integrated with Genes and Molecular Assemblies (ENIGMA) is a GTL program funded by the DOE. The ENIGMA project is developing technologies and comprehensive characterizations of cellular interactions between metabolites, protein, RNA and DNA. These interactions are then integrated into a framework order to elucidate functional relationships and pathways in microbial communities and ecosystems to address DOE goals.
Farris Poole fpoole@uga.edu