Juhi Khandelwal

Chemical engineering

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2025

Additional details: Honors student

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FURI | Fall 2022

Engineering Corynebacterium glutamicum with Malonate Pathway for Optimizing Flavonoid Production

This project seeks to address the question: What is the effect of expressing a malonate pathway in C. glutamicum strains on naringenin output? Findings suggest the optimal MatC induction with MatB is between 100 µM to 1 mM, and ideal MatC induction with aTc is between 10–50 ng/mL. Furthermore, low product titer and yield suggested that the naringenin pathway expression may be unoptimized, so RT-PCRs were run to quantify RNA transcripts of the pathway genes. Higher MatB synthase and MatC protein transporter expression levels result in greater conversion of Malonyl-coA to Naringenin. Naringenin can be used as a supplement for farm animals, enabling them to produce healthier offspring and more nutritional products for human consumption at an accelerated rate to match the growing global demand for food.

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Providing a sustainable alternative for the production of naringenin to be fed to livestock improves output to combat rising food demands.

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  • FURI
  • Summer 2022

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