Carrie Eckert received her B.S. in Biology in 1999 from the University of South Dakota, where she was involved in research on heat shock proteins in maize. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 2006 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Under the supervision of Paul Megee, she studied chromosome cohesion in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. After graduation, she worked under the supervision of James Maller, with whom she investigated kinases and phosphatases involved in meiosis using Xenopus laevis oocytes.
Her current research interests involve genetic manipulation of the bidirectional hydrogenase of the cyanobacteria Synechocystis to further elucidate the function of each subunit in biohydrogen production. This basic research should lead to possibilities for engineering a more efficient hydrogenase. She is also currently working with OPX Biotechnologies and Johnson-Matthey to engineer the soil microbe Ralstonia eutropha H16 to produce biodiesel.
- Carrieri, D.; Wawrousek, K.; Eckert, C.; Yu, J.; Maness, P.-C. (2011). "The role of the bidirectional hydrogenase in cyanobacteria." Bioresource Technology (102:18);
- Eckert, C., A. Dubini, J. Yu, P. King, M. Ghirardi, M. Seibert, and P.C. Maness. (2010). "Hydrogenase genes and enzymes involved in solar hydrogen production," David Levin and Nuri Azbar, ed. State of the art and progress in production of biohydrogen. Bentham Science Publishers; pp. 8-24.
- C.M. English, C. Eckert, K. Brown, M. Seibert, and P.W. King (2012). "Recombinant and In Vitro Expression Systems for Hydrogenases: New Frontiers in Basic and Applied Studies for Biological and Synthesis H2 Production." Dalton Transactions (45); pp. 9970-9978.
- P.C. Maness, J. Yu, C. Eckert, and M.L. Ghirardi (2009). "Photobiological Hydrogen Production—Prospects and Challenges." Microbe (4:6); pp. 275-280.
- C.A. Eckert, D.J. Gravdahl, and P.C. Megee (2007). "The enhancement of pericentromeric cohesin association by conserved kinetochore components promotes high-fidelity chromosome segregation and is sensitive to microtubule-based tension." Genes Dev. (21:278); p. 291.