Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Pennsylvania State University
The Air Force Office of Sponsored Research (Dr. Walter Kozumbo, Program Administrator; G. Charles Dismukes, Princeton University, Principal Investigator) has established a Multiple University Research Initiative collaborative research project to develop the use of cyanobacteria and algae as cellular factories for renewable hydrogen fuel production from solar-driven water oxidation. In this lecture I will introduce the MURI team members and will discuss our efforts to understand when, why, and how cyanobacteria produce hydrogen. I will also discuss our efforts to modify the hydrogen-producing capabilities of model cyanobacteria through the application of chemical, physical and genetically engineered stresses.