Educated at Delft University of Technology, Marlous has a background in both yeast metabolic engineering and quantitative physiology. Her main expertise is with cultivation of yeast in bioreactors.

Second generation bio-ethanol has major potential to replace fossil fuels in the future. However, in order to achieve economic feasibility more needs to be understood of how yeast copes with toxicity effects brought by the multitude of inhibitory compounds present in lignocellulosic hydrolysates.

Marlous’ research will focus on getting a better understanding of yeast physiology during propagation and how propagation conditions influences performance in lignocellulosic hydrolysates. She will implement this knowledge to optimize process conditions and attain a yeast inoculum that is capable of both high (viable) biomass yields on sugars (useful for propagation) and high ethanol productivity (useful for SSCF).

Published: Thu 13 Oct 2016.