Kira Varga Winsor
Hometown: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Graduation date: Spring 2020
FURI | Summer 2020
Fast Growing Cyanobacterial Strains for Biochemical ProductionCyanobacteria 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.
Mentor: Arul Varman