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Zach Armstrong
Ph.D. Program
Previous Degree: B.Sc. Chemistry and Biochemistry

2010 Cohort

My current projects involve the development of high-throughput assays to screen metagenomic libraries for enzymes that catalyze the degradation or modification of ligninocellulosic material. Technologies employed to achieve this goal will include Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting (FACS), robotic colony picking, liquid handling robots, and plate based assays. The identification of these enzymes will facilitate the development of alternative biofuels, and advanced materials production processes and will also aid in the understanding of the microbial ecology of environments in which ligninocellulose is an important carbon source.

Supervisors: Steven Hallam and Stephen Withers