Vincent Martin

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Recent Research Projects

Biochemicals from forestry biomass

2017/18-2019/20 • $504,450 • PI,CO
Microorganisms have been used for thousands of years to produce desirable chemicals, ranging from the molecules that give taste to cheeses to the ethanol in beer or wine. These chemicals can be complex or simple, but all are essentially derived from simple sugars by the metabolism of microbes....

Training Program in Synthetic Biology Applications (SynBioApps)

2018/19-2019/20 • $450,000 • PI,CO
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Biosensors for synthetic biology

2018/19-2019/20 • $100,000 • PI
Microbes are incredibly efficient chemical factories. As a result of the rapid advances in molecular biology and genomics it is now possible to engineer microbes to produce a large plethora of chemicals with yields approaching those of ethanol from yeast. With the goal of reducing their...

NSERC Industrial Biocatalysis Network

2014/15-2018/19 • $5,150,000 • PI,CO
Oil and gas are converted to plastics, chemicals, and other industrial and consumer products through energy-intensive manufacturing processes. These products would be more environmentally sustainable if they were made from renewable resources, such as agricultural and forestry waste, and if they...

Communicating synthetic biology: deliberative strategies for addressing emergent biohype about living devices

2017/18-2018/19 • $27,943 • PI,CO
The objective of this project is to develop theoretically deep, yet journalistically practical methods for the communication of synthetic biology through public deliberation. Synthetic biology is a rapidly emerging scientific field that seeks to design and engineer living systems or redesign...

Integrating ethics and societal implications into graduate training in synthetic biology

2016/17-2017/18 • $66,659 • PI,CO
Integrating Ethics and Societal Implications into Graduate Training in Synthetic BiologySynthetic biology enables the rapid creation of novel biological systems and the customization of existing organisms to an extent and precision never before possible, and will potentially reshape our economy,...

Metabolic engineering tools for Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Engineering the spatial organization of metabolic pathways

2012/13-2016/17 • $170,000 • PI
Much of today's metabolic engineering of S. cerevisiae assumes a simplistic and often naïve approach whereby several proteins, sometimes from widely different origins such as plants, fungi, bacteria or human are collectively expressed in a cell to reconstitute a biochemical pathway. To evaluate...

Microbial Genomics and Engineering

2010/11-2014/15 • $450,000 • PI
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NSERC Bioconversion Network

2010/11-2013/14 • $4,363,700 • PI,CO
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Evanescent light based photobioreactors for sustainable CO2 to biofuel conversion in the Canadian climate

2010/11-2012/13 • $454,400 • PI,CO
This proposal describes the development plan for a photobioreactor architecture that enables biofuel-producing cyanobacteria to be both packed tightly within the reactor and excited optimally, removing the main limitations of current photobioreactors and enabling sustainable operation in Canada....

Genomics and proteomics of clostridium thermocellum

2010/11 • $42,600 • PI
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The present invention relates to gene and protein sequences for a thebaine 6-O- demethylase from Papaver somniferum and methods of use therefor. The present invention also relates to gene and protein sequences for a codeine O-demethylase from Papaver somniferum and methods of use therefor. The present invention also relates to gene and protein sequences for a protoberberine 10 O-demethylase from Papaver somniferum and methods of use therefor. In particular, systems for the recombinant...
Related applications: WO2010IB03137