Cynthia Collins
Associate Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering

Telephone: 518-276-4178

Information: Prof. Cynthia Collins is establishing a research program focused on engineering/re-engineering bacterial communities for applied problems in environmental cleanup and resource exploitation. While most of the desired processes are carried out by naturally occurring communities, they usually occur at rates too slow for bioremediation problems such as toxic waste site cleanup or bioconversion of plant waste on an agricultural scale. The research strategy is to develop a program that addresses the problem at three levels of synthetic biology: (1) the development of engineered microbial communities, (2) engineered genetic networks for controlling gene expression, and (3) directed evolution/protein engineering to optimize enzymatic processes.