Faculty of Forestry
Jaya Joshi is a synthetic biologist interested in the directed evolution of enzymes to transform inefficient designer biocatalysts into highly active enzymes. Jaya recently finished a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Andrew Hanson at the University of Florida and moved to Dr. Vincent Martin’s lab at the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics, Montreal, to explore the enormous power of biofoundries in the field of synthetic biology. Her research walks through enzyme design space: exploring fitness landscapes for radical metabolic engineering design ideas, guided by the aim of successful implementation of carbon farming by 2050. Metabolic engineering of microbes with tailor-made catalysts that could convert biomass-derived feedstocks into fuels, valuable commodities, or pharmaceutical products will pave the way for sustainable chemistry.