Dr Claudia Vickers, from the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, who receives $80,000 for her project, From a petrochemical to a biochemical economy. Dr Vickers is using synthetic biology to produce sustainable, environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals from engineered microbial cell bio-factories. She is engineering yeast cells with improved bio-conversion of sugar, and testing the technology on production of bio-jet fuel.

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