The Algae Processing and Products Facility (APP) was developed to promote ongoing research on algae processing and utilization to produce bioproducts, as well as other bioproduct based research.
The Algae Test and Evaluation (AT&E) pilot facility is under the direction of Dr. Ronald Sims and is located at the site of the City of Logan Water Reclamation Plant (WRP). Research and testing conducted at the AT&E facility addresses algae-based engineered systems for water quality improvement and production of biofuels for power for transportation vehicles, heat, and electricity that can be used by the City of Logan.
Research conducted at the Algae Small-Scale Engineering Laboratory addresses a variety of algae engineering strategies ranging from algae cultivation, algae hydrolysis, and the anaerobic fermentation of algae biomass.
Research conducted in the Biomaterials and Biosurfaces Laboratory applies molecular self-assembly and advanced analytical techniques to detect and direct interfacial phenomenon, with specific projects in molecular imprinting, microcantilever biosensors, lactose-derived surfactants and gels, materials biocompatibility, nanoparticles and bacteria, and biofilms.
Our research in bionanotechnology encompasses tailored solutions from across the biotechnology and nanotechnology spectrum, which intricately combines biological recognition, nanofabrication/nanoassembly, micro/nanofluidics, materials characterization and electrical measurements.
Research in the Cellular Engineering Laboratory focuses on cellular engineering, synthetic biological engineering, biosensors and bioremediation. Recent projects include using synthetic biological engineering techniques to improve bioplastic production, developing molecular tools in mycobacteria to create biosensors for use in bioremediation, using natural products as antimicrobials, and monitoring microbial diversity of bioreactors using metagenomic approaches.
USU's iGEM team meet in this room to design, test, and build the iGEM project.
Research areas include the discovery and identification of bioactive natural products, biosynthetic mechanisms of pharmaceutically important compounds, characterization and development of biocatalysts for structural modification, as well as improvement of useful enzymes using protein engineering approaches.
Laboratory research is mainly focused on the integration of state-of-the-art instrumentation methods and new chemo/bio-sensing technologies for biomolecular surface engineering applications.
Research conducted at the Synthetic Biophotonics Laboratory addresses the design, construction, testing, and simulation of natural and biosynthetic biphotonics systems using phototrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms.