Jean François Mayer, PhD
Associate Professor, Political Science
BSc (McGill University)
MSc (University of Guelph)
PhD (University of British Columbia)
Our laboratory views microbes as small "green" factories that can convert simple carbon sources such as CO2, glucose or renewable biomass into bioproducts such as fuels, commodity and specialty chemicals or pharmaceuticals. Using a combination of functional genomics, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology techniques, we study microbes normally found in the environment in order to better understand their metabolism and physiology with the purpose of eventually engineering them as alternatives to producing, cleaner, better, cheaper or even novel products.
Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology