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Keith Mewis
Masters Student

e-mail: kmewis@interchange.ubc.ca
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research interests:
  • Functional Metagenomics
  • High-throughput Biology
  • Biophysics

    My research involves the functional screening of metagenomic libraries for glycosyl hydrolases. These enzymes are important for the industrial conversion of biomass into ethanol for biofuel production. By studying extreme environments including mining bioreactors and coalbed methane samples, we hope to find novel enzymes with new activities to help increase bioethanol production while driving down cost. I have developed an automated high-throughput screening method capable of analysing tens of thousands of cultures per day. I hope to further develop the screen using even more high throughput methodologies such as FACS or microfluidics, as well as assay for other enzyme activities.

Education:  
2004-2009 B.Sc Honours Biophysics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Work Experience:

Hansen Lab, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UBC 2008-2010
Hallam Lab, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UBC, 2010-

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