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Markus Alahuhta

Researcher IV-Molecular Biology

Petri.Alahuhta@nrel.gov | 303-384-7850

Research Interests

  • Enzymatic deconstruction of lingocellulosic biomass

  • Renewable hydrocarbon biofuels using consolidated bioprocessing

  • Enzyme engineering and catalytic mechanisms

  • Macromolecular X-ray crystallography

  • Biochemical characterization of enzymes


Education

  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Oulu, Department of Biochemistry, Oulu, Finland, 2008

  • M.S., Biochemistry, University of Oulu, Department of Biochemistry, Oulu, Finland, 2001


Professional Experience

  • Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Biosciences Center, 2011–present

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, NREL, Biosciences Center, 20082011

  • Biochemistry Research Assistant, University of Oulu, Department of Biochemistry, Oulu, Finland, 20002001


Featured Publications

  1. "Revealing nature's cellulase diversity: the digestion mechanism of Caldicellulosiruptor bescii CelA," Science (2013)

  2. "The structure and mode of action of Caldicellulosiruptor bescii family 3 pectate lyase in biomass deconstruction," Acta Cryst. (2013)

  3. "Discrete and structurally unique proteins (tpirins) mediate attachment of extremely thermophilic Caldicellulosiruptor species to cellulose," J. Biol. Chem. (2015)

  4. "The Unique Binding Mode of Cellulosomal CBM4 from Clostridium thermocellum Cellobiohydrolase A," J. Mol. Biol. (2010)

  5. "Atomic resolution crystallography of a complex of triosephosphate isomerase with a reaction-intermediate analog: New insight in the proton transfer reaction mechanism," Proteins (2010)

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