Recent Lab News
10/2016 Professor Banta gave a research seminar entitled "Fuels from the wind or rocks: Engineering the iron-oxidizing chemolithoautotroph Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans for biochemical production" in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
10/2016 The Banta Lab is pleased to welcome another new graduate student into the lab group. Yuta Inaba has joined the research group this semester.
9/2016 A paper entitled “Designed Protein Aggregates Entrapping Carbon Nanotubes for Bioelectrochemical Oxygen Reduction” by Garcia, Babanova, Sheffler, Hans, Baker, Atanassov and Banta was published in Biotechnology and Bioengineering.
9/2016 The Banta Lab is pleased to welcome several new researchers into the lab: Irina Khenkin, Justin Delafontaine, John Reeves, Neha Desireddy, and Zoe Zegers.
9/2016 Professor Banta gave a research seminar entitled "Engineering the Beta Roll peptide to participate in useful biomolecular interactions" in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
7/2016 Professor Banta has been named an Associate Editor for the Biochemical Engineering Journal.
6/2016 The Banta Lab is pleased to welcome 2 new undergraduates into the lab: Zach Shaw and Ryan Costa (U Michigan).
5/2016 Professor Banta gave a research seminar entitled "Engineering the Beta Roll peptide to participate in useful biomolecular interactions" in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA.
5/2016 A paper entitled “Functional Interfaces for Biomimetic Energy Harvesting: CNTs-DNA Matrix for Enzyme Assembly” by Hjelm, Garcia, Babanova, Artyushkova, Banta and Atanassov was published in Biophysica et Biochimica Acta (Bioenergetics).
4/2016 Professor Banta gave a research seminar entitled "Fuels from the wind or rocks: Engineering the iron-oxidizing chemolithoautotroph Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans for biochemical production" in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
4/2016 Professor Banta gave an invited presentation entitled “Biofuels Without Plants: Engineering the Iron-oxidizing Chemolithoautotroph Acidithiobacillus Ferrooxidans for Biochemical Production From CO2" at the Eastern Regional Photosynthesis Conference in Woods Hole, MA.
4/2016 Professor Banta was inducted into the College of Fellows of The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Dr. Banta was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for significant contributions in the engineering of proteins for biochemical applications including bioenergy, biocatalysis, biomaterials and biointerfaces.
3/2016 A paper entitled “Substrate channeling as an approach to cascade reactions” by Wheeldon, Minteer, Banta, Calabrese Barton, Atanassov, and Sigman was published in Nature Chemistry.
3/2016 Professor Banta received the James M. Van Lanen Distinguished Service Award from the Biochemical Technology (BIOT) Division of the American Chemical Society at the 251st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego, CA.
3/2016 The Banta Lab was active with 3 platform presentations at the 251st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego, CA. Beyza Bulutoglu gave a talk entitled “Evolving an intrinsically disordered peptide, the β-roll, for biomolecular recognition”. Kristen Garcia gave a talk entitled “Artificial TCA cycle metabolon: Direct evidence for metabolon formation and substrate channeling”. And, Harun Ozbakir gave a talk entitled “Wiring of redox enzymes using a collagen heterotrimer protein”.
2/2016 Professor Banta presented a poster entitled "Co-Generation of Fuels During Copper Bioleaching" at the 2016 ARPA-E Annual Energy Innovation Summit in Washington D.C.
2/2016 A paper entitled “Enhancing isobutyric acid production from engineered Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans cells via media optimization” by Li, West and Banta was published in Biotechnology and Bioengineering.
2/2016 Professor Banta gave an invited presentation to the New York Chemistry and Physics Teachers’ Clubs entitled “Making biofuels from the wind or rocks".
2/2016 The Banta Lab is pleased to welcome several new undergraduates into the lab: Dexter Antonio, Hayley Caddes and Kirsten Jung.
1/2016 A paper entitled “Detection of 2,5-hydroxyvitamin D with an enzyme modified electrode” by Ozbakir, Majumdar, Sambade, Linday, Banta and West was published in Journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics.
12/2015 Professor Banta presented an invited presentation at the 2015 Pacifichem Meeting in Honolulu, HI. The talk was entitled "Engineering the small laccase (SLAC) from Streptomyces coelicolor for incorporation into enzymatic biofuel cell cathodes".
12/2015 A paper entitled “Engineering the iron-oxidizing chemolithoautotroph Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans for biochemical production” by Kernan, Majumdar, Li, Guan, West and Banta was published in Biotechnology and Bioengineering. The paper is featured in the Editor's Spotlight.
11/2015 The Banta group was active at the 2015 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. Beyza Bulutoglu gave a talk entitled "Engineering the β-roll Peptide for Biotechnology Applications" and Jennifer Haghpanah presented a poster entitled "Converting a Thermostable Enzyme into a Binder of Explosive Molecules".
11/2015 Professor Banta gave a research seminar entitled "Engineering Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans cells for biochemical production using electricity and CO2" in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA.
10/2015 The Banta Lab is pleased to welcome another new graduate student into the lab group. Matt Lebovich has joined the research group this semester.
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