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Dr. Master's research program applies genomic and proteomic technologies to elucidate the biochemical activities that direct the synthesis and degradation of plant biomass.
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Dr. Master's research program applies genomic and proteomic technologies to elucidate the biochemical activities that direct the synthesis and degradation of plant biomass.
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Dr. Master and her team aim to discover, design and produce enzymes and non-catalytic proteins that can be used to synthesize new polymers and chemicals from plant fibre. This can therefore produce high-performance materials and specialized biochemicals that provide renewable alternatives to petroleum-based compounds.
  1. The lab uses an enzymatic approach that benefits from three key advantages of enzyme catalyzed reactions, catalytic specificity that allows predictable modification of complex substrates,
  2. mild reaction requirements that can reduce energy costs and
  3. protein biodegradability, which helps to ensure that the end product, and its synthesis, is sustainable.
Researcher Information
Assistant Professor, Principle Investigator
Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Website
Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry University of Toronto
200 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 3E5
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Biography
Dr. Emma Master earned a B.Sc. in Microbiology from McGill University in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology from UBC in 2002.  In 2002, she joined the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden (KTH) as a Post-doctoral Fellow. There, she studied wood fibre biosynthesis and modification by carbohydrate-active enzymes and led the enzyme discovery and characterization group of KTH's wood biotechnology division.  In 2004, she joined the Fungal Genomics Project at Concordia University, before she became an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in 2005.

In 2009, she was awarded an Early Researcher Award from Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation.
Researcher Information
Assistant Professor, Principle Investigator
Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Website
Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry University of Toronto
200 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 3E5


Key Publications
Foumani M, Vuong TV, Master ER.
Altered substrate specificity of the gluco-oligosaccharide oxidase from Acremonium strictum.
Biotechnol Bioeng. 2011.
MacDonald J, Doering M, Canam T, Gong Y, Guttman DS, Campbell MM, Master ER.
Transcriptomic responses of the softwood-degrading white-rot fungus Phanerochaete carnosa during growth on coniferous and deciduous wood.
Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011,77,10:3211-8.
Wang L, Mavisakalyan V, Tillier ER, Clark GW, Savchenko AV, Yakunin AF, Master ER.
Mining bacterial genomes for novel arylesterase activity.
Microb Biotechnol. 2010,3,6:677-90.
Goacher RE, Jeremic D, Master ER.
Expanding the library of secondary ions that distinguish lignin and polysaccharides in time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry analysis of wood.
Anal Chem. 2011,83,3:804-12.
Researcher Information
Assistant Professor, Principle Investigator
Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Website
Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry University of Toronto
200 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 3E5


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CATEGORIES
Application Area
Bioproducts and biomaterials, Energy
Disciplinary Focus
Informatics, theoretical biology and computer science, Mathematics and engineering
Research Paradigm
Large-scale projects
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