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I am a senior lecturer at Microbial Chemistry, Chemistry – Ångström, Uppsala University, where I lead a group working on engineering cyanobacteria for production of useful hydrocarbon compounds.
I got my PhD in 2003, with a thesis on hydrogen production in filamentous heterocystous cyanobacteria. During 2003 and 2004 I was at CEA Saclay in France, working on hydrogenases from green algae. From 2004 to 2009 I was at University of California at Berkeley, where I worked on characterization of a sulfate transporter in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, and on production of isoprene, an industrially important hydrocarbon, in cyanobacteria and algae. In 2009, I returned to Uppsala.
My current research interests are in the field of metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria with a focus on biofuels. The aim of the work in my group is development of a microbial system for carbon neutral production of fuels and other useful compounds. In the course of this work, we are also investigating the native metabolism of the cyanobacterial model organisms, especially pathways that may be useful for hydrocarbon production.
I am also involved in teaching on undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry and biochemistry.
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