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Louise Horsfall

Institution/Company: University of Edinburgh

Areas of Interest: Cell and Molecular Biology

Keywords: Synthetic Biology Industrial Biotechnology Resource Efficiency Sustainability

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.

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