Research Highlights

Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

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Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

Researchers in the Alper Lab have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels. Their findings were published online in the journal Metabolic Engineering in March.

Beyond … Read the rest »

Improving Oil Production and Oil Spill Cleanup Using Nanotechnology

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Improving Oil Production and Oil Spill Cleanup Using Nanotechnology

Andrew Worthen, chemical engineering Ph.D. student supervised by professor Keith P. Johnston, is conducting research “all about discovering how we can steward the planet more responsibly,” something he gets closer to every day. While Andrew’s initial nanoparticle research focused on creating more efficient and eco-friendly oil extraction methods, he is now applying his findings to … Read the rest »

Jennifer Maynard’s Work to Fight Whooping Cough Featured on National Public Radio

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Jennifer Maynard’s Work to Fight Whooping Cough Featured on National Public Radio

Associate professor Jennifer Maynard’s research group is working to develop a therapeutic vaccine to treat whooping cough—a highly contagious and dangerous disease that causes an estimated 294,000 deaths annually worldwide, primarily among young, unvaccinated children. Whooping cough is on the rise in the United States, and in Texas cases have increased 79 percent in … Read the rest »

Researchers Use Light to Understand Cancer Progression

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Researchers Use Light to Understand Cancer Progression

Light is used as a diagnostic, therapeutic, and drug delivery tool. Alumna Laura Suggs, B.S. ChE ‘93, and her team of researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UT Austin believe light can also be used to help answer biological questions about the effect of extracellular matrix stiffness in relation to the progression … Read the rest »

New Study Measures Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production and Offers Insights into Two Large Sources

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New Study Measures Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production and Offers Insights into Two Large Sources

David Allen‘s research team and environmental testing firm URS report that a small subset of natural gas wells are responsible for the majority of methane emissions from two major sources — liquid unloadings and pneumatic controller equipment — at natural gas production sites.

With natural gas production in the United States expected to continue … Read the rest »

George Georgiou Receives $1.7M Grant To Help The Immune System Eliminate Cancer Cells

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Finding A Better Way To Fight Whooping Cough

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Graduate Researchers Mentor High School Students In Drug Delivery Experiments

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Graduate Researchers Mentor High School Students In Drug Delivery Experiments

Five science-minded high school students were mentored by chemical engineering and biomedical engineering graduate students this summer to learn about oral drug delivery research in a university lab setting.

Sofia Kennedy a senior at Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin and Kevin Lee, Frank Muehleman, Sam Norwood, and John Sullivan, all students at St. … Read the rest »

Graduate Student Researchers Design Promising New Energy Storage Device

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Graduate Student Researchers Design Promising New Energy Storage Device

While the sun and wind provide great alternative energies, the supplies can be highly variable when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, and there is no way to efficiently store the energy. Also consider the Achilles’ heel of electric vehicles: it can take hours to recharge them.

To solve these problems, researchers … Read the rest »

Revolutionizing Medicine With At-home Therapeutic Treatments

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Revolutionizing Medicine With At-home Therapeutic Treatments

Thomas Truskett and a team of colleagues and graduate students in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering are breaking barriers to discover ways to create injectable, liquid-form therapeutic proteins that can be used for at-home treatments for diseases.

In his recent lecture at The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST) … Read the rest »