Sharon Smolinski

Sharon Smolinski

Research Scientist

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Sharon Smolinski is a research scientist at NREL. She has worked on projects examining hydrogenases in purple non-sulfur photosynthetic bacteria, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, and Synechocystis. She is currently working on multiple projects, including an integrated system of biohydrogen production involving a mixed bacterial consortium.


  • 2011 M.S., Environmental Sciences Program, University of Colorado at Denver

  • 2011 Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Analysis, University of Colorado at Denver

  • 1998 B.S., Biology, with honors, University of Colorado at Denver

  • 1998 B.F.A., Painting, with honors, University of Colorado at Denver.

Selected Publications 

  1. Posewitz, M. C.; Smolinski, S. L.; Kanakagiri, S.; Melis, A.; Seibet, A.; Ghirardi, M. L. (2004). "Hydrogen Photoproduction Is Attenuated by Disruption of an Isoamylase Gene in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii." Plant Cell (16:8); pp. 2151-2163.
  2. Posewitz, M.C., King, P.W., Smolinski, S.L., Zhang, L., Seibert, M., and Ghirardi, M.L. (2004). "Discovery of Two Novel Radical S-adenosylmethionine Proteins Required for the Assembly of an Active [Fe] hydrogenase." J. Biol. Chem. (279); pp. 25711-25720.
  3. Maness, P.C., S. Smolinski, A. Dillon, M. Heben, and P.F. Weaver (2002). "Characterization of the oxygen tolerance of a hydrogenase linking to a carbon-monoxide oxidation pathway in Rubrivivax gelatinosus." Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (68); pp. 2633-2636.
  4. Huang, Z.; Maness, P.C.; Blake, D.M.; Wolfrum, E.J.; Smolinski, S.L.; Jacoby, W.A. (2000). "Bactericidal Mode of Titanium Dioxide Photocatalysis." Chemistry (130); pp. 163-170.
  5. Maness, P.C.; Smolinski, S.; Blake, D.M.; Huang, Z.; Wolfrum, E.J.; Jacoby, W.A. (1999). "Bactericidal Activity of Photocatalytic TiO2 Reaction: Toward an Understanding of Its Killing Mechanism." Applied and Environmental Microbiology (65:9); pp. 4094-4098.

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