New study led by @JeremyGuest @RaoLab and others uses CABBI's BioSTEAM and agile #TEA and #LCA to screen promising biorefinery designs that will sustainably produce lactic acid from #biomass.

A study from @CABBIbio found that energy sorghum behaves more like miscanthus in the way it efficiently captures light and uses water to produce abundant biomass. Researchers believe careful fertilizer management could reduce its higher nitrogen emissions

https://phys.org/news/2021-01-energy-sorghum-combine-annual-perennial.html

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CABBI Colloquia

Once a month, CABBI is organizing a colloquium for all of its researchers. At every colloquium, one grad student, postdoc, or PI will give a 20-minute presentation on his or her CABBI research. The presenter finishes the presentation with discussion questions to the audience in order to identify new integration opportunities within a theme, across CABBI themes, and/or with other U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs). Each colloquium will finish with a networking event, including refreshments.

In the audience are CABBI researchers from all three themes. Scientists from the partner institutions are encouraged to attend and/or present through Zoom. The presenters will rotate among the themes and partner institutions.

Kelsie Ferin

Sustainability Theme

Ph.D. Candidate (Advisor Andy VanLoocke), Iowa State University

Title of talk: “Field-Scale Analysis of Land Use and Climate Change Effects on Water Quality in the Raccoon River Basin”
Date: Dec. 14, 2020

Sebastian Varela

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Andrew Leakey), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Understanding Growth Dynamics and Yield of Biomass Sorghum Using High-Resolution UAV Imagery Time Series”
Date: Nov. 16, 2020

Saurabh Sinha

Conversion Theme

Co-Investigator, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Bioenergy 101: Machine Learning”

 

Matthew Waugh

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Yi Lu), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Novel Biocatalysts by Design: Designing Artificial Metalloenzymes for Selective Functionalization and Catalytic Upgrading of Unsaturated Fatty Acids”
Date: Oct. 12, 2020

Mark Burnham

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisors Wendy Yang and Evan DeLucia), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “How Bioenergy Sorghum Influences Agroecosystem Nitrogen Cycling: Implications for Sustainability”
Date: Sept. 14, 2020

Ayman Eid

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Fredy Altpeter), University of Florida

Title of talk: “Towards Oilcane: Improving Genome Editing Tools for Precision Editing of Lipogenic and Agronomic Factors” 
Date: Aug. 17, 2020

Pan Yang

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Ximing Cai), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Simulation of Cellulosic Biofuel Expansion through an Agent-Based Model: Investigation of Multiple Policies”

Additional discussion: “CABBI’s Data and Software Knowledge Base and Data Management Updates” by CABBI Data Manager Leslie Stoecker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 

Date: June 1, 2020

Meera Gupta

Conversion Theme

Ph.D. Candidate (Advisor Martin Wühr), Princeton University

Title of talk: “Quantitative Mass Spectrometry for Comparative Analysis of Yeast Proteomes”
Date: May 4, 2020

Madara Hetti Arachchilage

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Amy Marshall-Colón), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Identification of Sorghum Stem-Preferred Genes and their Cis-Regulatory Elements through de-novo Promoter Analysis”
Date: April 6, 2020

Caitlin Moore

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Carl Bernacchi), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “The CABBI Flux Tower Network“
Date: March 9, 2020

Qiang Yan

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Brian Pfleger), University of Wisconsin at Madison

Title of talk: “Characterization of Key Enzymes for Oleochemical Synthesis“
Date: Jan. 27, 2020
COLLOQUIA FROM 2019

Leslie Stoecker

CABBI Research Data Coordinator

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “CABBI Data Management: Tools, Procedures, and Guidance“
Date: Dec. 2, 2019

 

Hans Müller Paul

Feedstock Production Theme

Ph.D. Candidate (Advisor: Matthew Hudson), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “CROPSR: An Automated Platform for Complex Genome-Wide CRISPR gRNA Design and Validation“
Date: Nov. 11, 2019

 

Stephan Lane

Conversion Theme

Biofoundry Manager, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Illinois Biological Foundry for Advanced Biomanufacturing (iBioFAB)“
Date: Oct. 7, 2019

 

Rui Shi

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Jeremy Guest), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Integrating Life Cycle Assessment and Process Design for Prioritization of Biofuels and Bioproducts Production“
Date: Sept. 9, 2019

 

Nicholas LaBonte

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Erik Sacks), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Genomics-Assisted Improvement of Miscanthus and Saccharum as Bioenergy Feedstocks“
Date: Aug. 5, 2019

 

Nurzhan Kuanyshev

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Yong-Su Jin), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Discover Sugar Transporters Capable of Transporting Glucose and Xylose Simultaneously”
Date: July 8, 2019

 

Jeff Kent

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Tara Hudiburg), University of Idaho

Title of talk: “Modeling Energy Sorghum Emissions for the Rainfed United States”
Date: May 13, 2019

 

Sang Yeol Kim

Feedstock Production Theme

Research Scientist (Advisor Don Ort), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Posttranslational Modification of Rubisco activase to Govern Photosynthesis and Growth”
Date: April 1, 2019

 

Ming-Hsun Cheng

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Vijay Singh), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Sugar Production from Bioenergy Sorghum by Pilot-Scale Continuous Hydrothermal Pretreatment”
Date: March 11, 2019
COLLOQUIA FROM 2018

Adam Von Haden

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisors Evan H. DeLucia and Wendy Yang), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Improving our Mechanistic Understanding of Plant and Soil Processes to Refine Predictions of Ecosystem Carbon Cycling in Biomass-Based Cropping Systems”
Date: Dec. 3, 2018

 

Shuai Li

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Lisa Ainsworth), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Testing Oxidative Stress Tolerance in C4 Bioenergy Crops”
Date: Nov. 12, 2018

 

Jing-Jing Liu

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Christopher Rao), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk:System Analysis of Lipomyces starkeyi Uncovered New Gene Targets for Metabolic Engineering
Date: Oct. 15, 2018

 

Chongya Jiang

Sustainability Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Kaiyu Guan), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Mapping marginal lands at field scale for the Midwestern United States”
Date: Sept.17, 2018

 

Hae Jin Kim

Feedstock Production Theme

Postdoc (Advisor Ed Cahoon), University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Title of talk: “Synthetic Design of Plant Oil Metabolism”
Date: Aug.13, 2018

 

 

Tong Si

Conversion Theme

Postdoc (Advisors Jonathan Sweedler, Huimin Zhao), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title of talk: “Automated Biomanufacturing of Microbial Libraries for Promoting Sustainability”
Date: June 4, 2018