Timothy Donohue

Director
UW Foundation Fetzer-Bascom Professor of Bacteriology
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tim Donohue, UW Foundation Fetzer-Bascom Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has served as principal investigator and director of Great Lakes Bioenergy since its inception in 2007. His lab analyzes pathways and networks that microbes use to grow, generate biomass, or produce alternative fuels from renewable materials. They apply genome-informed methods to dissect the metabolic and regulatory pathways of industrially relevant bacteria. The goals of their efforts are to identify metabolic and regulatory elements that are critical to bacterial bioenergy formation, to obtain a thorough understanding of energy-conserving pathways of agricultural, biotechnological and environmental importance, and to use computational models to design microbial machines able to convert as much of the plan biomass as possible into hydrocarbon fuels, chemicals or precursors to biodegradable polymers.

Efficient biomass conversion
Field-to-product integration