Inspired by nature, biotransformation offers the opportunity to create value added products from renewable feedstocks or target chemicals by employing enzymes or biocatalysts which are isolated from natural products. Several groups in SynCTI with overlapping projects are collaborating to create engineered microbial hosts and enzymes to develop novel biotransformation processes. While some groups are focused on generating certain enantiopure chemicals which are key intermediates in several pharmaceutical processes other groups are focused on projects involving bioremediation.

Recovery of precious metals from electronic waste is one of the bioremediation project being pursued where microbes such as Chromobacterium violaceum are engineered to optimize the metal recovery process. This process includes production of lixiviants to solubilize the metals, followed by selective reduction and recovery of target metals in their elementary form, and finally bioelimination of used lixiviants towards zero waste output.

Meet our researchers

Matthew CHANG
Matthew CHANG
Lead PI
Wen Shan YEW
Wen Shan YEW
Lead PI
Zhi LI
Zhi LI
Lead PI
Chueh Loo POH
Chueh Loo POH
Lead PI
Hua LING
Hua LING
Research Assistant Professor
Jee Loon FOO
Jee Loon FOO
Research Assistant Professor
Maybelle GO
Maybelle GO
Research Assistant Professor
Carol Ping HAN
Carol Ping HAN
Senior Research Fellow
Lu Ting LIOW
Lu Ting LIOW
Research Fellow
Wei Zhe TEO
Wei Zhe TEO
Research Fellow
Gazi Sakir HOSSAIN
Gazi Sakir HOSSAIN
Research Fellow
Bibhuti RANJAN
Bibhuti RANJAN
Research Fellow
Saravanan NADARAJAN
Saravanan NADARAJAN
Research Fellow
Zhang LEI
Zhang LEI
Research Fellow
Balaji SUNDARA SEKAR
Balaji SUNDARA SEKAR
Research Fellow
Zilong WANG
Zilong WANG
Research Fellow
Ruirui LIU
Ruirui LIU
Research Associate
Jingyun ZHANG
Jingyun ZHANG
PG Student