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Kira Varga Winsor

Hometown: South Jordan, Utah, United States | Graduation Date: Spring 2020
Chemical engineering

Fast Growing Cyanobacterial Strains for Biochemical Production

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Research Theme: Sustainability
FURI: Summer 2020

Cyanobacteria are photoautotrophs that are used and studied for the production of sustainable biochemicals but are not typically used for large scale production because of their low growth rate compared to other cells, such as E-coli. Two newly discovered fast-growing strains of cyanobacteria were studied, Synechococcus elongatus UTEX 2973 and Synechococcus sp. PCC 11901, to verify their capability for production of biochemicals. Literature survey was conducted to identify optimal growth conditions for these strains along with the plasmids that could be used for biochemical production. This information can be used to test the growth rate and production of these strains.

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Optimization of Cyanobacteria Cultures

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Research Theme: Sustainability
FURI: Spring 2020

Cyanobacteria are photoautotrophs that can be developed as sustainable platforms for production of various biochemical products. To determine the growth pattern a growth curve was created for a cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 in different glass vessels. Further, to improve their photosynthetic efficiency, the cells were refactored with the photosynthetic protein genes. Positive colonies were determined using colony PCR. The ultimate goal is to select the most efficiently growing transformant, which can be further engineered for commercially valuable biochemical/s.

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