The Wackett laboratory studies microbial enzymes and pathways for biocatalysis and biodegradation and helped build the Biocatalysis/Biodegradation Database.
- Atrazine – Biocatalyst encapsulation and water treatment
- Cyanuric acid – Removal from swimming pool water
- Emerging pollutants - Bioremediation of personal care products
- Aromatic hydrocarbons – Modeling and mechanisms
- Hydrocarbon biosynthesis – Enzyme structure and mechanisms
- Enzyme-based sensors for detecting toxicants
- Predicting biocatalytic potential of enzymes and microbes
James Christenson has been selected to receive the Founders Award. As part of the award, James receives a cash prize and the honor to present a platform lecture at the 25th Annual Enzyme Mechanisms Conference in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
James Christenson and coworkers recently published in Biochemistry the discovery of a new reaction in enzymology, that has significance in renewable hydrocarbon synthesis and the production of beta-lactone antibiotics
Kelly Aukema and coworkers recently published an important paper on the biodegradation of problematic personal care products (PCPs) that are increasingly entering drinking water. This study also highlights a method for predicting biodegradation potential using enzyme X-ray structural data.
Bioremediation startup founded – Minnepura Technologies, Inc.
Minnepura in the news - Startups out of the University of Minnesota