John Morrissey, from School of Microbiology of University College Cork, will be presenting a conference entitled:
Improving the yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus for biotechnology
Dr. John Morrissey is the coordinator of YEASTDOC, a European Joint Doctoral Programme, which has recently received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 under the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie grants programme. The major focus of his research at present is towards the application of yeasts in food and industrial biotechnology. This spans the range from improving fundamental understanding of metabolism, gene regulation and stress tolerance to selecting and engineering strains for specific biotechnological applications. His primary interest is the thermotolerant yeast, Kluyveromyces marxianus. Exploitation has been limited to date because of a lack of molecular tools and this is an aspect that is being addressed by his research. In addition, systems biology and synthetic biology approaches are being applied to help design and construct strains for use in industrial biotechnology.