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Jeffrey G. Linger, Ph.D.

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Jeff Linger is a Research Scientist in the Applied Biology group of the National Bioenergy Center (NBC) within the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Dr. Linger joined NREL in 2007 as a post-doctoral fellow studying the production of biofuels. Specifically, Dr. Linger used molecular biology techniques to assess the feasibility of converting the microorganism Zymomonas mobilis into a consolidated bioprocessing organism through the expression and extracellular secretion of cellulolytic enzymes. Dr. Linger's current research focuses on the metabolic engineering of Z. mobilis for use in biofuels production.

Research Interests

  • Biomass to biofuels conversion
  • Microbial strain development
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Fundamental molecular biology and genetics


Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, August 2006
B.S., Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, December 1998

Patents and Publications


  • Himmel, M. E.; Adney, W. S.; Ding, S. Y.; Linger, J. G.; Van Der Lelie, D.; Taghavi, S. (2010). "Endophytic Enzyme Delivery System." U.S. Provisional Patent Application Number 61297919, Jan 25, 2010.

  • Linger, J. G.; Darzins, A. (2009). "Extracellular Secretion of Recombinant Proteins." U.S. Provisional Patent Application Number 61264391, Nov 25, 2009.

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Contact Information

Jeff Linger
National Bioenergy Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-7780