Dr. George N. Bennett
E. Dell Butcher Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
George Bennett, E. Dell Butcher Professor of Biochemistry & Cell Biology at Rice University, received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska and his PhD from Purdue University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. He has contributed to defining biochemical mechanisms of stress responses and metabolism of Escherichia coli and Clostridium acetobutylicum. With E. coli these studies have included defining mechanisms of regulation of gene expression and physiology by acidic environmental conditions, metabolic engineering for acetate reduction, modification of redox cofactor availability, and reprogramming of metabolic networks for chemical production. With the anaerobic C. acetobutylicum, studies have concerned genes and enzymes of butanol formation and the biodegradation of nitroaromatics. His current research interests include metabolic engineering of microbes for chemical production, generating genetic tools for synthetic biology and investigating the mechanisms of environmental responses of bacteria. He is interested in using microbes for sustainable industrial, agricultural and environmental processes.
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