At the international conference “Metabolic Engineering“ in Munich (Germany) Thomas Gaßler, Department of Biotechnology, was awarded the Top Award Prize for his poster presentation.
Thomas Gaßler is a PhD student in the working group "Microbial Biotechnology", focusing on metabolic engineering of the yeast Pichia pastoris. In the presented work, Thomas rewired the methanol utilization pathway of P. pastoris to a synthetic version of the Calvin cycle. This allows the yeast to use carbon dioxide (CO2) as a carbon source similar to plants and other autotrophic organisms. The work could contribute to the development of biotechnological applications which help to mitigate the climate change.
This work was part of the strategic programme of acib (Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology). Thomas is PhD student of the international PhD programme in protein biotechnology (BioToP) - funded by FWF and BOKU, supervised by Prof. Diethard Mattanovich and Dr. Matthias Steiger.
Metabolic Engineering (ME) is an international bi-annual conference series under the auspices of the International Metabolic Engineering Society (IMES). The theme of this year’s conference was “Systems Metabolic Engineering for Superior Bio-Production”. This Poster prizes was sponsored by the Journal Microbial Cell Factories.
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