Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar
- Friday, October 2, 2020 at 3:10pm
Dr. Dipti Nayak, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development at UC Berkeley will present
"CRISPR-guided Insights into the Physiology and Evolution of Methanogenic Archaea"
Members of the Archaea (the third domain of life) that can produce methane are referred to as methanogens. These organisms are prevalent in a wide range of anoxic environments, including the human distal gut, and account for 75 to 80 percent of the annual methane emissions on our planet. Therefore methanogens have significant implications for climate science, biotechnology and even aspects of human health. Despite their importance, the physiology and evolution of methanogens is still poorly understood. At this talk, I will first discuss the development of high-throughput genetic approaches, including CRISPR-Cas9 based tools, to study these pivotal microorganisms. Subsequently, I will describe two examples to highlight how the application of these genetic approaches have transformed our view of the unique biochemistry and evolution of enzymes involved in methanogenic metabolism.
Prof. Roland Hatzenpichler is the host of this seminar.
WEBEX INVITE for 3:10 seminar
Virtual Happy Hour with the Speaker at 5:00 pm Hosted by Prof. Hatzenpichler via WEBEX
- Doreen Brown