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Kaela O’Dell

Bioenergy and Biofuels


Faculty Advisor: Adam Guss

My research focus is metabolic engineering of a thermophile, Clostridium thermocellum, for ethanol, butanol, and iso-butanol production improving its function as a CBP microbe. I use genetic tools such as CRISPR/cas9, serine integrase systems, and traditional homologous recombination. I collaborate within the Center for Bioenergy Innovation for consolidated processing to biofuels as part of one of the nine research groups spanning 19 universities and bioenergy research centers across the United States. (


Metabolic Engineering of Clostridium thermocellum


B.S. in Microbiology, UTK


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