Erika Erickson

Postdoctoral Researcher-Bioengineering

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Research Interests

Enzymatic depolymerization of recalcitrant polymers

Structure-function relationship of enzymes

Interfacial biocatalysis

Affiliated Research Programs

Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE)

Center for Bioenergy Innovation

Areas of Expertise

Biological recycling of plastic waste streams

Developing high-throughput assays using solid substrates


Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of California—Berkeley

M.Eng., Biological Engineering

S.B., Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

S.B., Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professional Experience

Volunteer, Peace Corps, 2016–2017

Featured Work

Chromosome-Level Genome Assembly and Transcriptome of the Green Alga Chromochloris zofingiensis Illuminates Astaxanthin Production, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017)

Transient Expression in Nicotiana benthamiana for Rapid Functional Analysis of Genes Involved in Non-Photochemical Quenching and Carotenoid BiosynthesisPlant Journal (2016)

Aggregation of Trp > Glu Point Mutants of Human Gamma-D Crystalline Provides a Model for Hereditary or UV-Induced CataractsProtein Science (2016)

Identification of pH-Sensing Sites in the LHCSR3 Protein Essential for Triggering Non-Photochemical Quenching in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Journal of Biological Chemistry (2016)

Light Stress and Photoprotection in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Plant Journal (2015)

Genome, Functional Gene Annotation, and Nuclear Transformation of the Heterokont Oleaginous Alga Nannochloropsis oceanica CCMP1779PLOS Genetics (2012)

Dynamic Antagonism between Phytochromes and PIF Family Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Factors Induces Selective Reciprocal Responses to Light and Shade in a Rapidly Responsive Transcriptional Network in ArabidopsisPlant Cell (2012)

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