News

September 2017: Lauren Cordova passed her Preliminary Thesis Proposal! Congrats Lauren!

May 2017: James won the 1st and 3rd year ChemE Seminar Series Competition! And Matt got runner-up! Congrats guys!

May 2017: The Alper group welcomes Shuo-Fu Yuan, graduate student in Biochemistry, and Simon d'Oelsnitz, graduate student in Cellular and Molecular Biology (co-advised Dr. Ellington), to the group!

May 2017: The Alper group welcomes Shuo-Fu Yuan, graduate student in Biochemistry, and Simon d'Oelsnitz, graduate student in Cellular and Molecular Biology (co-advised Dr. Ellington), to the group!

April 2017: Claire Palmer has passed her preliminary oral exam! Congrats Claire!

January 2017: Madeleine Flexer Harrison has earned her Masters in Molecular Biology! Congrats Madeleine!

December 2016: The "Z" in Zero are Austin SCC Fall 2016 Dodgeball Champions! Congrats, Joe, Matt, Kelly, James, and Nick!

December 2016: Joseph Cheng has successfully defended his thesis entitled "Beyond protein factories: Expanding the synthetic biology toolkit for engineering mammalian hosts". Congratulations, Joseph!

December 2016: Joe Abatemarco has successfully defended his thesis entitled "Novel Approaches for the Evolutionary Engineering of Pathways in Saccharomyces cerevisiae". Congratulations, Joe!

November 2016: The Alper group is pleased to announce that James Wagner has passed his preliminary oral exam. Congratulations James!

November 2016: The Alper group is pleased to announce that Matt Deaner has passed his preliminary oral exam. Congratulations Matt!

October 2016: The Alper group welcomes Kristin Presnell and Kevin Reed, graduate students in Chemical Engineering, to the group!

June 2016: John Leavitt has successfully defended his thesis entitled "Engineering and evolution of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for muconic acid production". Congratulations, John!

May 2016: The Alper group is pleased to announce that Nicholas Morse has passed his preliminary oral exam. Congratulations Nick!

May 2016: The Alper group is pleased to announce that Kelly Markham has passed her preliminary oral exam. Congratulations Kelly!

May 2016: The Alper group welcomes Claire Palmer, graduate student in Cellular and Moleculer Biology, to the group!

April 2016: Matthew Deaner has been awarded the prestigious NDSEG Fellowship! Congratulations!

October 2015: The Alper group welcomes Lauren Cordova, graduate student in Chemical Engineering, to the group!

June 2015: The Alper group welcomes Madeleine Flexer Harrison, graduate student in Molecular Biology, to the group!

April 2015: James Wagner has been awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations James!

April 2015: Nicholas Morse has been awarded the NDSEG Fellowship! Congratulations!

December 2014: Leqian Liu has successfully defended his thesis entitled "Engineering Yarrowia lipolytica for high lipid production". Congratulations, Leqian!

November 2014: The Alper group is pleased to announce that Andrew Hill has passed his preliminary oral exam. Congratulations Andrew!

November 2014: The Alper group is pleased to announce that Joe Abatemcaro has passed his preliminary oral exam. Congratulations Joe!

October 2014: The Alper group welcomes Matt Deaner and James Wagner, graduate students in Chemical Engineering, to the group.

August 2014: Sun-mi Lee has successfully defended her thesis entitled "Combinatorial engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for efficient pentose catabolism". Congratulations, Sun-mi!

June 2014: Hal Alper has been awarded the Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award in Metabolic Engineering. Congratulations, Hal!

May 2014: The Alper group welcomes Haibo Li, graduate student in Microbiology, to the group.

April 2014: Hal Alper has been selected as a 2014 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. Congratulations, Hal!

April 2014: Nathan Crook has successfully defended his thesis entitled "Novel Approaches for Metabolic Engineering of Yeast at Multiple Scales". Congratulations, Nathan!

April 2014: Kate Curran has successfully defended her thesis entitled "Optimizing Gene Expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae for Metabolic Engineering Applications". Congratulations, Kate!

April 2014: Allison Wagman has won first prize in the underclassman division of the Cockrell School of Engineering Poster Exhibition with a poster entitled "Yeast Promoter Mutations Modeled by Nucleosome Affinity". Congratulations, Allison!

December 2013: Hal Alper has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, effective September 1, 2014. Congratulations, Hal!

December 2013: Mariam Jamoussi has won first prize at the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition with a poster entitled "Itaconic Acid Production in Yarrowia lipolytica". Congratulations, Mariam!

November 2013: Annie Pan has won first prize at the 2013 Undergraduate Poster Competition at the AIChE Annual Meeting with a poster entitled "Metabolic Engineering of the Yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, for Itaconic Acid Production". Congratulations, Annie!

October 2013: The Alper group welcomes Kelly Markham and Nicholas Morse, graduate students in Chemical Engineering, to the group.

July 2013: John Blazeck has successfully defended his thesis entitled "Harnessing Yarrowia lipolytica’s Potential as a Lipid and Alkane Production Platform" Congratulations, Johnny!

July 2013: Eric Young has successfully defended his thesis entitled "Transporter Engineering as a Tool for Metabolic Engineering" Congratulations, Eric!

May 2013: Annie Pan has won first place at the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition! Congratulations, Annie!

May 2013: Do Soon Kim has won third place at the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition! Congratulations, Do Soon!

April 2013: Amanda Lanza has successfully defended her thesis entitled "Novel Tools for Engineering Eukaryotic Cells Using a Systems Level Approach" Congratulations, Amanda!

February 2013: Kate Curran has won the John J. McKetta Chemical Engineering Award for Excellence in Research for a poster entitled "Metabolic Engineering of Muconic Acid Production in Saccharomyces cerevisiae" Congratulations, Kate!

November 2012: The Alper group welcomes Dr. Jie Sun, Postdoctoral Scholar from East China University of Science and Technology, to the group.

October 2012: Ashty Karim has won 3rd place in the Undergraduate Poster Competition at the 2012 AIChE Annual Meeting with a poster entitled "Characterization of plasmid burden and copy number in Saccharomyces cerevisiae for optimization of metabolic engineering applications." Congratulations, Ashty!

October 2012: Amanda Lanza has won the 2012 Proctor and Gamble Seminar Competition for a talk entitled “Developing New Biotechnology Tools for Understanding and Engineering Cellular Hosts.” Congratulations, Amanda!

October 2012: The Alper group welcomes Joe Abatemarco, graduate student in Chemical Engineering, to the group.

September 2012: The Alper group welcomes Andrew Hill, graduate student in Chemical Engineering, to the group.

June 2012: Amanda Lanza has won the top overall student/young investigator poster award sponsored by Metabolic Engineering journal at the Metabolic Engineering IX conference in Biarritz, France. Congratulations, Amanda!

May 2012: The Alper group welcomes Heidi Redden, graduate student in Biochemistry, to the group.

May 2012: Amanda Lanza has been selected as a recipient of the Jeff Byers Memorial Graduate Award in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Congratulations, Amanda!

April 2012: Ashty Karim has won the Cockerell School of Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition! Congratulations, Ashty!

April 2012: Amanda Lanza has been selected as a recipient of the P. E. O. Scholar Award. Congratulations, Amanda!

April 2012: The Alper group is pleased to announce that Sun-mi Lee has passed her preliminary oral exam. Congratulations Sun-mi!

March 2012: The Alper group is pleased to announce that Nathan Crook and Kate Curran have passed their preliminary oral exam. Congratulations Nathan and Kate!

November 2011: Austin Comer has won the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition! Congratulations, Austin!

October 2011: The Alper group welcomes Joseph Cheng, graduate student in Chemical Engineering, to the group.

July 2011: Amanda Lanza has been awarded the prestigious Donald D. Harrington Dissertation Fellowship. Congratulations Amanda!

June 2011: The Alper group is pleased to announce that John Blazeck has passed his preliminary oral exam. Congratulations Johnny!

May 2011: The Alper group congratulates Ben Reed on graduating with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and wishes him the best at the Georgia Institute of Technology

May 2011: The Alper group congratulates Ashley Poucher on graduating with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and wishes her the best at Exxon Mobil.

May 2011: The Alper group welcomes John Leavitt, graduate student in Cell and Molecular Biology, to the group.

May 2011: The Alper group is pleased to announce that Eric Young has passed his preliminary oral exam. Congratulations Eric!

May 2011: The Alper group is pleased to announce that Leqian Liu has passed his preliminary oral exam. Congratulations Leqian!

May 2010: The Alper group congratulates Wenly Ruan on graduating with a B.S. in Biology and wishes her the best at UT Southwestern Medical School.

May 2010: The Alper group welcomes Leqian Liu, graduate student in Biochemistry, to the group.

April 2010: Nathan Crook, Kate Moran, and Eric Young have been awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations!

October 2009: The Alper group welcomes Nathan Crook, Kate Moran, and Sun-mi Lee, graduate students in Chemical Engineering, to the group.

October 2008: The Alper group welcomes Johnny Blazeck, Amanda Lanza, and Eric Young, graduate students in Chemical Engineering, to the group.