University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Wackett Lab

Research Overview

The Wackett laboratory studies microbial enzymes and pathways for biocatalysis and biodegradation and helped build the Biocatalysis/Biodegradation Database.

Atrazine – Biocatalyst encapsulation and water treatment
Cyanuric acid – Removal from swimming pool water
Hydrocarbon biosynthesis – Enzyme structure and mechanisms
Enzyme-based sensors for detecting food toxicants
New Projects
Biodegradation relevant to hydraulic fracturing (fracking)
Biocatalysis relevant to upgrading the value of natural gas

News Highlights

Atrazine - Silica-encapsulated biocatalysts degrade atrazine, Reatugui, et al, 2012

Cyanuric acid - New paper - Seffernick, et al. 2012

Hydrocarbon biosynthesis - Structure of OleA described, Goblirsch, et al. 2012

Hydraulic fracturing water treatment -  Minnesota Futures 2012 Awardee

National Science Foundation grant award