As some of you know, for a number of years the National Renewable
Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado has been conducting research on
the biochemistry and molecular biology of microalgae, particularly
diatoms. Our goal has been to optimize the accumulation of storage
lipids in these organisms for production of a diesel fuel substitute,
as well as to study the possible role of microalgae in CO2
remediation. Our work has included the study of the biochemistry and
molecular biology of lipid accumulation. We also recently developed a
genetic transformation system for diatoms that has been used to
introduce additional copies of algal genes into these organisms for
overexpression of certain enzymes (J. Phycol., 1995, vol. 31, pp.
Unfortunately, due to budget cuts at DOE, our funding is being
terminated and the research project shut down. We are writing this to
let the algal research community know what is going on, and to let you
know how to reach project personnel.
Terri Dunahay (algal transformation, molecular biology) will be
leaving as of January 31. She will not be available by e-mail or
phone, but can receive mail at her home address of 2710 Arbor Glen
Place, Boulder, CO 80304.
Paul Roessler (algal molecular biology, biochemistry, transformation,
lipid biosynthetic pathways), Eric Jarvis (algal molecular biology and
metabolic engineering), and Kate Zeiler (CO2 remediation and algal
biochemistry, physiology, culture) will remain at NREL until March 31.
Contact information for these individuals is listed below:
e-mail: paulr at nrel.gov (until 3/31)
e-mail: ejarvis at nrel.gov (until 3/31)
After 3/31: 3720 Smuggler Place, Boulderm C) 80303
e-mail: zeilerk at nrel.gov (until 3/31)
After 3/31: kingd at nrel.gov
Alternatively, after 3/31, you can contact our administrative
assistant, Liz Yanda, at 303-384-4457, and she will put you in touch
with the appropriate person.
Our thanks to everyone for interesting discussions and collaborations,
and we wish everyone continued success in their algal endeavors.
Terri Dunahay, Paul Roessler, Eric Jarvis, and Kate Zeiler Aquatic
Applied Biological Sciences
National Renewable Energy Laboratory 1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
(P.S. Our apologies if you received this message on several lists; we
wanted to reach as many colleagues as possible).