Continual Innovation

Imagine...Continual Innovation

Innovation is exciting—and necessary. In ACES we focus on innovation not for its own sake, but to affect the way we live and work. Using science to stretch the frontiers of knowledge, we create new technologies, develop new processes, and change paradigms across a range of disciplines—food and agricultural systems, natural resources and the environment, human activities and health, energy and biological systems, and more. Research findings often lead to applications that were never anticipated, in areas that create entirely new opportunities.

ACES scientists merge expertise from multiple specialties to master problems in novel and multifaceted ways like combining pioneering biology with engineering principles to apply nanotechnology to animal and crop production.

Imagination breeds innovation in ACES, ranging from engineering and technology to biological and environmental systems, to natural and managed processes. We are advancing society’s pathways to progress as new ideas continually come to life in ACES.

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Highlighted Research

Dr. Yong-Su Jin
Metabolic engineering
Dr. Yong-Su Jin

Both edible and non-edible parts of crops can be biotransformed into more value-added products using engineered microorganisms. To this end, Dr. Yong-Su Jin and his team in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition are developing engineered microorganisms with desirable traits through metabolic engineering. Specifically, they have developed engineered yeast capable of producing fuels and chemicals from cellulosic biomass.


Dr. Stephen Moose

CPSC 466, Genomics for Plant Improvement, covers the latest advances in sequencing methods and information analysis with plant genomes, and how the information is being applied to improve important traits for sustainable crop production.

“The course is organized around the theme of characterizing differences in genes and their activity, and then linking changes in genes to