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Gayle Bentley

Gayle Bentley

Postdoctoral Researcher- Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology | 303-275-4868

Research Interests

  • Metabolic engineering of Pseudomonas putida KT2440 for the production of muconate

  • Understanding the contribution of stochasticity to variable production phenotypes

  • Biosensors

  • Designing genetic circuits

  • Fatty acid biosynthesis for the production of value-added chemicals and fuels, specifically branched-chain fatty acids and their derivatives

Areas of Expertise

  • Metabolic engineering

  • Synthetic biology

  • Molecular microbiology

  • Gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and gas chromatography flame ionization detector (GC-FID)

  • Fatty acid biosynthesis


  • Ph.D., Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Washington University in St. Louis, 2016

  • M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of Arizona, 2010

  • B.S., Microbiology, University of Arizona, 2008

Professional Experience

  • Epidemiological Consultant, Junicon


  1. "Host Cells and Methods for Producing Fatty Acid-Derivatives with High Branched-Chain Percentage," U.S. Patent No. 2016/067324 (patent pending)

Featured Publications

  1. "Engineering Escherichia coli to produce branched-chain fatty acids in high percentages," Metabolic Engineering (2016)

  2.  "Enhanced production of branched-chain fatty acids by replacing β-ketoacyl-(acyl-carrier-protein) synthase III (FabH)," Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2015) 

  3.  "Pediatric fecal microbiota harbor diverse and novel antibiotic resistance genes," PLoS One (2013)