Predictive tools, like models, can be used to predict the changes required in a cell to produce a given bioproduct. The modeling technologies are still in their infancy but are becoming more accurate thanks to the research that has been done in the last decade.
New developments in modeling technology allow members of the USTAR-funded Synthetic Bioproducts Center at USU to accurately predict improved synthetic biological processes that can be used to manufacture products—including biliverdin, bioplastics and spider silk proteins.
Using these mathematical models of cells, SBC team members can determine which metabolic pathways need to be changed or modified to optimize the cell to maximize the production of a given bioproduct—a necessary step in scaling up the biomanufacturing process.
H. Scott Hinton
Dr. Wenfeng Guo
SBC Visiting Scholar
Dr. Nicholas Flann
Dr. Daniel Hyduke