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Johanna Blomqvist

Johanna Blomqvist
My research interest since the start of my research career as a PhD student in 2007 has been non-conventional yeasts, starting with the ethanol production yeast Dekkera bruxellensis that I isolated from an industrial ethanol plant in Sweden.


Currently I'm working as a researcher within the research program LipoDrive with the focus on producing lipids from hemicellulose using oleaginous yeasts. Oleaginous yeasts are yeasts that can accumulate lipids to more than 20% of their cell biomass.

The goal is to produce biodiesel and/or animal feed from the lipids produced by the yeasts. I focus on developing molecular tools for some of the oleaginous yeasts for the purpose to enhance the lipid production, alter the fatty acid profile, insert pathways for other compounds etc, and to understand the fatty acid metabolism in those yeasts.

I'm also involved in developing optimal cultivation conditions for the oleaginous yeasts in bioreactors, developing optimal lipid extraction methods etc. 





Sept 2014-present: Researcher at the Dept of Chemistry and Biotechnology

2012-sep 2014: Post doc at Dept of Microbiology, SLU

Apr 2007-Nov 2011: PhD-student at Dept of Microbiology, SLU. Title of thesis: Dekkera bruxellensis - a competitive yeast for ethanol production from conventional and non-conventional substrates

2006: Master of Science in Engineering Biology, The institute of Technology, Linköping University

Selected publications


Researcher at the Department of Molecular Sciences; Livsmedelsbioteknologi
Postal address:
Institutionen för molekylära vetenskaper
Box 7015
750 07 Uppsala
Visiting address: Allmas Allé 5, BioCentrum, Ultuna, Uppsala