Henson to talk on optimization of yeast metabolism for ethanol production

Published: Jan 23, 2009 3:11:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

Michael Henson, professor of chemical engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will present "Dynamic Flux Balance Models for Genome-Scale Analysis and Optimization of Yeast Metabolism" on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the McMillian Auditorium, 136 Ross Hall. His presentation is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering.

Henson will demonstrate a dynamic flux balance model which is shown to provide excellent agreement with glucose, ethanol and biomass concentration profiles collected from batch and fed-batch fermentations. The procedure reveals a number of novel metabolic engineering strategies with improved ethanol productivity capabilities.

Henson is director of the Process Design and Control Center and co-director of the Institute of Massachusetts Biofuels Research. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado in 1985 and master's degree from the University of Texas in 1988. He received his doctorate from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1991. Prior to his appointment at the University of Massachusetts, he held a faculty appointment at Louisiana State University and visiting positions at DuPont and the University of Stuttgart.

He serves as an associate editor for Automatica and the Journal of Process Control. Henson has received several awards, including the Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship and the University of Massachusetts College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty award. His research interests include nonlinear modeling and control of complex chemical and biological systems.