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Research Interests

  • Development of genetic tools for analysis and metabolic engineering of diverse microbes

  • CO and CO2 metabolism

  • Hydrogenases and H2 metabolism

  • Engineering novel microbial platforms for biofuels/bioproducts

  • Development of high throughput screening and selection methods

Affiliated Research Programs

  • Development of a genetic system in Chloroflexus aurantiacus to utilize syngas feedstocks (collaborator, PI Kiverdi, Inc.)

  • Genetic analysis of CO/H2 metabolism in a novel purple non-sulfur photosynthetic bacterium, Rubrivivax gelatinosus CBS, and expression of its O2 tolerant hydrogenase in Synechocystis (contributor, PI Pin-Ching Maness)

  • Genetic design and redesign for improved flux towards biofuels in E. coli (collaborator, PI Ryan Gill, University of Colorado, Boulder)

Areas of Expertise

  • Genetic and metabolic engineering and analysis of diverse microbes

    • Saccharomyces cerevisiae

    • E. coli

    • Cyanobacteria (Synechocystis, Synechococcus)

    • Ralstonia eutropha H16 (Cuprividus necator)

    • Rubrivivax gelatinosus CBS

    • Chloroflexus aurantiacus

  • Genetic tool development (transformation tools, gene knockout/expression, synthetic biology, CRISPR)

  • High throughput sensor development

  • Hydrogenases and H2 metabolism

  • CO2 fixation

  • Photosynthesis

  • CO metabolism


  • Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus, 2001–2006

  • B.S., Biology, University of South Dakota, 19951999

Professional Experience

  • Director, Center for Biodesign Works—Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2016present

  • Senior Scientist—genetic engineering of diverse microbes, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Biosciences Center, 2011present

  • Senior Research Associate—Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder, 20132016

  • Postdoctoral Fellow—Photobiology group (Pin-Ching Maness, PI), NREL, Biosciences Center, 20082011

  • Postdoctoral Fellow—Cell Cycle in Xenopus laevis (James Maller, PI), Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus, 20062008

  • Doctoral candidate—Chromosome segregation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Paul Megee, PI), University of Colorado, Anschutz Campus, 20012006

Featured Publications

  1. "Overcoming substrate limitations for improved production of ethylene in E. coli.," Biotechnology for Biofuels (2016)

  2. "Genome Annotation Provides Insight into Carbon Monoxide and Hydrogen Metabolism in Rubrivivax gelatinosus," PLOS One (2014)

  3. "Solar powered biohydrogen production requires specific localization of the hydrogenase," Energy and Environmental Science (2014)

  4. "Ethylene forming enzyme and bio-ethylene production," Biotechnology for Biofuels (2014)

  5. "Hydrogen production by water biophotolysis," in Microbial BioEnergy (2014)

  6. "Genetic analysis of the Hox hydrogenase in the cyanobacterium synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 reveals subunit roles in association, assembly, maturation, and function," Journal of Biological Chemistry (2012)

  7. "Hydrogenase Genes and Enzymes Involved in Solar Hydrogen Production," in State of the Art and Progress in Production of Biohydrogen (2012)

  8. "The role of the bidirectional hydrogenase in cyanobacteria," Bioresource Technology (2011)

  9. "Recombinant and In Vitro Expression Systems for Hydrogenases: New Frontiers in Basic and Applied Studies for Biological and Synthesis H2 Production," Dalton Transactions (2012)

  10. Photobiological Hydrogen ProductionProspects and Challenges, Microbe (2009)

  11. "The enhancement of pericentromeric cohesin association by conserved kinetochore components promotes high-fidelity chromosome segregation and is sensitive to microtubule-based tension," Genes Dev (2007)

View all NREL Publications for Carrie Eckert.

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