Louise Horsfall

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Dr Louise Horsfall is a Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh. Louise believes that biotechnology has the potential to transform manufacturing by using waste as a feedstock, rather than it being an end product. Research projects include the use of bacterial metal reduction and nanoparticle formation pathways to enable the bioremediation of waste, water and land; employing techniques and tools provided by synthetic biology to increase the value of the metals recovered.

Collaborative research with industry is focused on improving metallo-enzymes and their production for enhanced biomass degradation. The catalytic degradation of lignin would dramatically increase the efficiency of bioenergy production and provide new routes to aromatic feedstock chemicals.

Areas of Interest
Cell and Molecular Biology
University of Edinburgh
Key words
Synthetic Biology, Industrial Biotechnology, Resource Efficiency, Sustainability

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