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Current Projects

Professor Tim Bugg

  • BBSRC IBTI Biorefinery Club “Aromatic feedstock chemicals from degradation of lignin” Research grant BB/H004270/1, Oct 2009 – Sep 2012, £472,101 FEC, £377,681
  • Tuck Foundation Enerbio “Lignin-degrading enzymes for biofuel production and aromatic chemical production” PhD studentship, Oct 2009 – Sept 2012, €97,200 Euros
  • BBSRC IBTI Training Grant “Pyridines from lignin: novel biocatalytic routes from lignocellulose to substituted pyridines” 4 year PhD studentship, Oct 2010 – Sept 2014, £75K
  • Genome Canada “Harnessing microbial diversity for sustainable use of forest biomass resources” PI Prof. L. Eltis, 6 co-applicants, TDHB is International Collaborator, July 2011-June 2014, $11.9M No research funds for Warwick, will participate as collaborator, access to travel funds.

Professor Greg Challis

  • Biotica Technology Ltd. Engineering modular polyketide synthases to utilize butyl-, hexyl- and heptylmalonyl-CoA extender units. 01/10/09-30/09/12 (£20,000 contribution to CASE studentship)
  • BBSRC Doctoral Training Grant. Engineering modular polyketide synthases to utilize butyl-, hexyl- and heptylmalonyl-CoA extender units. 01/10/09-30/09/12 (£50,000)
  • BBSRC Research Committee D Grant BB/H006281/1. Elucidating and exploiting cytochrome P450 TxtE-catalysed tryptophan nitration in thaxtomin phytotoxin biosynthesis. 01/01/10-31/12/12 (£330,761 FEC: £413,451)
  • Syngenta. Synthetic biology approach to preparation of novel herbicidal thaxtomin analogues. 01/10/10-20/09/13 (£12,000 contribution to CASE studentship)
  • BBSRC Doctoral Training Grant. Synthetic biology approach to preparation of novel herbicidal thaxtomin analogues. 01/10/10-30/09/13 (£50,000)

Professor Robert Freedman

  • BBSRC (BRIC - Bioprocessing Research Industry Consortium) Exploitation of Tat Export Machinery (2009-2012) joint with Prof. C. Robinson and Prof. E. Keshavarz-Moore, Department of Biochemical Engineering, UCL
  • BBSRC Industrial CASE studentship joint with Arecor Ltd. (2008-2012)

Professor Kerry Kirwan

  • EPSRC: EP/K026216/1. “Cleaning Land for Wealth”, (CL4W project). Collaborators: Newcastle University, The University of Birmingham, Cranfield University and the University of Edinburgh January 2013 – December 2015. £3.1M. Role: Principal Investigator.

Professor Alexei Lapkin

  • CASE with Sensapharm Ltd

Dr Hendrik Schäfer

  • Natural Environmental Research Council NE/H008918/1. Making and breaking DMS by salt marsh microbes - populations and pathways, revealed by stable isotope probing and molecular techniques. October 2010 – October 2013. £449,656. Role: Principal Investigator
  • Biotechnology and Biological Research Council BB/H003851/1. Biochemical characterization of methanethiol oxidase, a key enzyme in organic sulfur compound degradation. October 2010- September 2012. £436,720. Role: Principal Investigator
  • Natural Environmental Research Council NE/ E013333/1. Marine Microbial Degradation of Dimethylsulfide: Process Understanding Through Application of Postgenomic Methods to a Model Organism. September 2007 – August 2012. £491,844. Role: Principle Investigator (Personal Fellowship),
  • Natural Environment Research Council NE/J014168/1, Stable Isotope Probing-metagenomics of river microbial populations degrading the aromatic pollutant para-nitrophenol. August 2012-February 2013. £50,674.
  • NERC CASE studentships with Unilever and Syngenta