Microbial Metabolic Engineering Technology

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbial Biotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 262

Special Issue Editor

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Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
Interests: Biochemistry and enzymology; Protein purification and analysis; Metal-containing proteins; Microbial physiology; Fermentation; Molecular biology; Hyperthermophiles; Biochemistry and Biophysics; Bioinformatics; Systematics and Evolution; Molecular Genetics; Renewable Energy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microbial metabolic engineering technology is at the forefront of biotechnological innovation, revolutionizing the production of valuable compounds through the manipulation of metabolic pathways in microorganisms. This cutting-edge research focuses on optimizing microbial cell factories to efficiently synthesize biofuels, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and other high-value products. By employing genetic engineering techniques, such as gene knockout, overexpression, and pathway optimization, researchers aim to enhance metabolic flux towards desired products while minimizing byproduct formation. Advancements in synthetic biology, systems biology, and computational tools have enabled precise control and fine-tuning of microbial metabolism, leading to improved yields, reduced production costs, and sustainable bioprocesses.

The Special Issue will collect papers on the following research topics:

  • Multi-Omics Integration: Integration of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics data to gain a comprehensive understanding of microbial metabolism and identify key regulatory nodes for targeted engineering.
  • Synthetic Biology Tools: Development of novel synthetic biology tools, such as CRISPR-Cas systems, biosensors, and genetic circuits, for precise manipulation and control of microbial metabolic pathways.
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions: Exploration of microbial-host interactions to engineer probiotic strains with enhanced therapeutic properties or develop novel antimicrobial agents targeting specific metabolic vulnerabilities in pathogens.
  • Microbiome Engineering: Harnessing microbial communities' metabolic capabilities through microbiome engineering to optimize bioproduction processes, enhance nutrient cycling, and modulate host-microbiome interactions for health benefits.
  • Metabolic Network Modeling: Advancements in metabolic network modeling and simulation techniques to predict and optimize cellular metabolism, enabling the design of more efficient microbial cell factories for sustainable bioproduction.
  • Enzyme Engineering: Modulating microbial enzyme activities and regulatory functions using recombinant DNA technology.

We invite peer-researchers to contribute their papers to this Special Issue, exploring novel genetic tools, innovative strategies, and metabolic modeling approaches in microbial metabolic engineering technology. This collaborative effort promises a future of customized microbial platforms for diverse industrial applications.

Dr. Kesen Ma
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • metabolic engineering
  • synthetic biology tools
  • genome engineering
  • synthetic metabolic pathways
  • enzyme engineering

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