Congratulations to Ethan Boynton who received the “Teaching Effectiveness Award for GSIs” from the Grad Division!

Ethan is a 4th year Microbiology Ph.D. student, working on the biosynthesis of algaenan, a recalcitrant algal cell wall biopolymer. The Teaching Effectiveness Award for GSIs recognizes his teaching ideas and problem-solving skills associated with hybrid online/in-person learning during his semester as a GSI for Bio1A in Fall 2021. 

The Niyogi lab is part of an $11.6 million grant funded by the Department of Energy.

The Niyogi lab will work in close collaboration with other researchers at UC Berkeley, LBNL, PNNL, and Colorado School of Mines to genetically engineer Auxenochlorella protothecoides. By harnessing this microalga’s naturally high capacity for lipid biosynthesis, the aim of the project is to develop Auxenochlorella as a photosynthetic platform for production of biofuels and bioproducts to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. Click here to learn more about this project.