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Bergstrom Grouop's Research
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Systems Biology
Computational models of metabolic, transcriptional regulatory, and signaling networks can predict environmental or genetic parameters which can be manipulated to achieve optimal fermentation performance.

Composting and Molecular Ecology
Although composting is an ancient method, it has evolved as a useful method for the reduction of municipal solid wastes and for the destruction of potentially hazardous pathogenic organisms. Composting of the agricultural wastes produces a biologically stable humic substance that may be used as a soil additive, thereby efficiently reducing the amount of waste generated.

Our capability for fermentation experiments, in conjunction with the modeling efforts of our systems biology research, allows us to develop strategies to optimize media supplementation and organism selection to improve the performance of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the challenging environment of cellulosic fermentation.

Nanoscale Enzyme Imaging
Fluorescence emission enhances the detection and spatial and temporal resolution of binding and molecular displacements. In this area, we are exploiting the advantages offered by fluorescence spectroscopy to study the interactions between cellulases and cellulose fibrils at the most fundamental scales spanning the micro to nanometer range.

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