Wasti Nurani

Visiting Scientist 

S.Si (B.Sc equivalent), Biology, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia
MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles 
I am a visiting researcher from the Faculty of Biotechnology and Neuroscience at Surya University, Indonesia under the Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science Cycle 3 program (http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/PEER/PGA_147205).  The program, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS), aims to leverage U.S. Government scientific investment in R&D to support USAID’s development goals in priority countries. 

The PEER research project I am working on is titled "Sustainable conversion of oil palm lignocellulosic waste into pentanol using metabolically engineered microbes".  Currently I have been working on metabolic engineering of Pseudomonas putida for enhanced consumption of a toxic lignocellulose-derived product, as well as developing a set of synthetic biology tools that may improve metabolic engineering endeavor in that species.