This summer two Del Mar College students are working at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), which is part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL) in Berkeley, CA. John F. Ramirez and Lorie Leyva are working on projects that involve E. coli membrane protein expression, isopentenol tolerance, production, and secretion for use as a potential biofuel. Some membrane proteins improve isopentenol production and a knockout strain of E. coli also improves membrane protein expression. John and Lorie are also testing the effects of multiple plasmid transformations have on the growth dynamics of their production strains of E. coli.
John Ramirez: “For the summer of 2016 I worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Joint BioEnergy Institute. My JBEI work lead has been instrumental in allowing me to take part in a project concerning bacterial membrane capacitance. This amazing research experience has been highlighted by working with an awe inspiring group of researchers, chances to work with cutting-edge equipment, and the opportunity to contribute to a growing body of scientific work!”
Lorie Leyva: “The summer undergraduate research at JBEI has been an awesome opportunity. It is a stimulating learning experience compacted into two months that normally may take years to experience.”