BIO Seminar: Industrial Cellulose Saccharification
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Title:  Industrial Cellulose Saccharification

Speaker: Murat Balaban (PhD)

Date & Time: April 29, Wednesday, 13:40 - 14:30

Place: FENS G032


Industrial Cellulose Saccharification
Murat Balaban
Sabanci University


First generation bio-ethanol production technology uses starch based industrial food crops as the primary carbon source. Although this technology has been widely used and optimized according to the needs of industry, rising food prices and ethical concerns regarding use of food crops for energy has led researchers to search for alternative raw materials. Cellulosic based biomass is made of glucose sub units and can be used as a inexpensive (or free) carbon source for bio-based production. Current saccharification process uses extensive pretreatment steps and fungal based cellulases. My research is focused on recombinant production of bacterial cellulases in bacterial expression hosts to enhance production speeds, decrease costs and increase flexibility. The seminar will focus on current practices in pretreatment of lignocellulosic materials, current enzymes used in the process, new enzymes that are being considered and my approach to enzymatic production technology.


2001- 2005        BS: Bilkent University, Molecular Biology and Genetics Ankara, Turkey
2005 -2011        PhD: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA
2011- 2013        Post-Doc: Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
2014- Current:    SUNUM, Sabancı University, İstanbul, Turkey & Episome Biotechnology, Gebze, Kocaeli