Initial Results

Our synthetic and systems biology approach has led to several game-changing breakthroughs. We’ve engineered strains of cyanobacteria that can both produce high levels of lipids (oils) internally or secrete them externally. We’ve developed tools and the capability to genetically engineer multiple species of cyanobacteria. We’ve profiled the expression and metabolite patterns of multiple strains of cyanobacteria which allow us to unlock regulatory bottlenecks and identify new pathway opportunities.


The electron microscopic images of a normal cyanobacterium (left) and our patented engineered strain (right) containing one large oil droplet and several smaller ones. Oil is synthesized “on demand” in 24-48 hours.