Pamela Peralta-Yahya

Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Pamela Peralta-Yahya is an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research group works at the interface of biochemistry and chemical engineering and focuses on two research areas. (1) The engineering of G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR)-based sensors, in particular olfactory receptors, for the detection of chemicals for biotechnology and biomedical applications, and (2) The synthesis of fuels and chemicals in biological hosts that allow their production at higher yields, titers and productivities than the natural systems. Previously, Peralta-Yahya was a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Jay Keasling at the Joint BioEnergy Institute/University of California Berkeley working in the area of metabolic engineering. Peralta-Yahya earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry with Prof. Virginia Cornish at Columbia University working in the area of chemical biology. Peralta-Yahya has won several awards including a DARPA Young Faculty Award, a DuPont Young Professor Award, a Kavli Fellowship and more recently a NIH MIRA Award. Her work is currently supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH

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