I am captivated by the way in which natural evolution has shaped and optimized thousands of biochemical conversions confined in the cells of microbial species. In nature, competition for resources has often resulted in pathways with high turnover rates at the expense of energetic efficiency, which provides opportunities for optimizing the central metabolism for industrial productions. My main areas of interest are engineering of the (energy) metabolism and eliminating limitations in metabolite transport across membranes of industrial microorganisms. In our research, we focus on the design and construction of industrial strains that can subsequently be used as efficient platforms for the production of a wide range of fuels and chemicals.

Dr. Ir. Robert Mans

Assistant Professor