Extremophiles and Biotechnology

Master's degree on industrial enzymes from extremophiles

Kjetil Dale has completed his Master degree in microbiology on a study of thermostable transketolase enzymes from an extremophilic bacterium from the deep hot biosphere. Congratulations!

Kjetil Dale did his work on transketolase enzymes from the thermophilic bacterium Thermovirga lieniipreviously isolated from a deep and hot oil well in the North Sea. Kjetil performed cloning, protein purification and enzyme analyses, including 3-dimensional structure determination using X-ray crystallography. Thermostable transketolases have a large biotechnological potential, as they catalyze the transfer of two-carbon groups between organic molecules in a stereo-specific manner. The work was conducted within the framework of the ERA-IB Industrial Biotechnology project THERMOGENE - Novel thermostable enzymes for industrial biotechnology.