InCEES Director receives $1.5 million award from DOE

Himadri Pakrasi, the Myron and Sonya Glassberg/Albert and Blanche Greensfelder Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Biology, received a $1.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop Anabaena 33047 — a photosynthetic, fast-growing, nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria — as a versatile production platform that can be used by the bioenergy research community. The cyanobacterium’s fast growth rate and lack of nitrogen demand mean it should significantly improve the cost outlook for the production of biofuel and nitrogen-containing petrochemical replacement products. This research is supported and administered by Washington University’s International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES), of which Pakrasi serves as director.