Center for Environmental Biotechnology News

Two Professors Receive UTRF Maturation Funding

This year the UT Research Foundation is awarding $120,000 to eight inventors. Two professors are recipients of the maturation awards. Steve Ripp, research assistant professor in the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, received support for developing bioluminescent zebrafish as a tool for high-throughput drug screening. Ziling (Ben) Xue, professor in chemistry, received an award for a novel chemical sensor with high sensitivity toward biodiesel contaminant in jet fuel and diesel.

UT Researchers Improve Lives by Glowing Cells

UT researchers have found a way to make drug development faster, cheaper, and safer. The way involves making cells glow. Yes, glow. The researchers—Dan Close, Gary Saylor, Stacy Patterson, and Steven Ripp—use a series of genes to trigger the human or animal cells to continuously produce light—naturally.

UT Researchers Link Algae to Harmful Estrogen-like Compound in Water

UT Knoxville researchers have found that blue-green algae may be responsible for producing an estrogen-like compound in the environment which could disrupt the normal activity of reproductive hormones and adversely affect fish, plants and human health. Previously, human activities were thought solely responsible for producing these impacts.