Mining Futures | Mining Biotechnology
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As the world’s most sophisticated geochemists, microorganisms dissolve minerals to obtain energy. Their genetic machinery has evolved over the last 4.5 billion years, but microorganisms in nature are not optimized for industrial needs. They mine slowly.

Synthetic biology and genetic engineering offers the prospect of manufacturing of microorganisms with custom metabolisms, designed to optimize the identification, uptake, or processing of minerals or the remediation of waste.

Issues

  • Bioexploration
  • Biomining
  • Bioremediation
  • Environmental genetics (metagenomics)
  • Discovery of naturally selective microbes
  • Engineered organisms and consortia

Who We Are

  • Scott Dunbar, Associate Professor, UBC Mining
  • Steve Hallam, Assistant Professor, CRC Chair in Environmental Genomics
  • Sean Crowe, Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Geomicrobiology
  • Sue Baldwin, Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Vikram Yadav, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Ross MacGillivray, Professor, UBC Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Metrics

15071

Citations

21

H-Index

2

CRC (Tier 2)