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Michael T. Guarnieri, Ph.D.

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Dr. Guarnieri is a Research Scientist in the National Bioenergy Center's Applied Biology group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular genetics, with a joint degree in biophysics and structural biology, at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2009, where his research focused on structural and biophysical characterization of bacterial two-component signaling proteins. Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Guarnieri did undergraduate research at Brown University, examining viral secretion and virus-host interactions.

Research Interests

Dr. Guarnieri uses a systems biology approach—utilizing functional genomic, molecular, and biophysical techniques—to identify, analyze, and engineer pathways involved in algal, bacterial, and fungal hydrocarbon and biochemical production. His current research interests include:

  • Biocatalysis of methane to liquid fuels and chemicals
  • Pentose sugar upgrading to value-added chemicals in yeast and bacterial systems
  • Algal "omics," protein engineering, and signal transduction
  • Biological lignin utilization
  • Metabolic and protein engineering for enhanced hydrocarbon production


Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2009
B.A., Honors Chemistry, Rhode Island College, 2003

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Contact Information

Michael Guarnieri, Ph.D.
National Bioenergy Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
15013 Denver West Parkway, MS 3323
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-7921
Fax: 303-384-6363