Gregg T. Beckham

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Research Focus

Gregg T. Beckham is a Group Leader at NREL. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at MIT in 2007. He currently leads and works with an interdisciplinary team of biologists, chemists, and engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on conversion of biomass to fuels, chemicals, and materials including in metabolic engineering, fermentation, separations, catalysis, biopolymer and carbon fiber production, and lignin and waste valorization. In the Agile BioFoundry, Gregg leads the Integration and Scaling Task and is a lead of the Pseudomonas putida KT2440 DBTL efforts.

Projects in the Agile BioFoundry

* NREL Principal Investigator for the Agile BioFoundry
* Co-Lead of Pseudomonas putida KT2440 DBTL efforts
* Evolutionary method development for rapid enzyme/pathway improvements
* Project Lead for the Agile BioFoundry Integration and Scaling Task
* Hybrid process development

Featured Publications

Michael T. Guarnieri, Yat-Chen C. Chou, Davinia Salvachua, Ali Mohagheghi, Peter St. John, Yannick J. Bomble, Gregg T. Beckham, “Metabolic engineering of Actinobacillus succinogenes provides insights into succinic acid biosynthesis”, Appl. Env. Microbiol., 2017.

Christopher W. Johnson, Payal Khanna, Jeffrey G. Linger, Gregg T. Beckham, “Eliminating a global regulator of carbon catabolite repression enhances the conversion of aromatic lignin monomers to muconate in Pseudomonas putida KT2440”, Metabolic Eng. Comm., 2017.

Gregg T. Beckham, Christopher W. Johnson, Eric M. Karp, Davinia Salvachúa, Derek R. Vardon, “Opportunities and challenges in biological lignin valorization”, Curr. Opin. Biotech., 2016.

Christopher W. Johnson, Davinia Salvachúa, Payal Khanna, Holly Smith, Darren J. Peterson, Gregg T. Beckham, “Enhancing muconic acid production from glucose or lignin via increased protocatechuate decarboxylase activity”, Metabolic Eng. Comm., 2016.

Derek R. Vardon, M.A. Franden, Christopher W. Johnson, Eric M. Karp, Michael T. Guarnieri, Jeffrey G. Linger, M.A. Salm, T.J. Strathmann, Gregg T. Beckham*, “Adipic acid production from lignin”, Energy Env. Science, 2015.

Christina M. Payne, Brandon C. Knott, Heather B. Mayes, H. Hansson, Michael E. Himmel, Mats Sandgren, Jerry Ståhlberg, Gregg T. Beckham, “Fungal cellulases”, Chem. Rev., 2015.

Jeffrey G. Linger, Derek R. Vardon, M.T. Guarnieri, Eric M. Karp, Glendon B. Hunsinger, Mary Ann Franden, Christopher W. Johnson, Timothy J. Strathmann, Philip T. Pienkos, Gregg T. Beckham, “Lignin valorization through integrated biological funneling and chemical catalysis”, PNAS, 2014.

Arthur Ragauskas, Gregg T. Beckham, Mary J. Biddy, Richard Chandra, Fang Chen, Mark F. Davis, Brian H. Davison, Richard A. Dixon, Paul Gilna, Martin Keller, Paul Langan, Amit K. Naskar, John N. Saddler, Timothy J. Tschaplinski, Gerald A. Tuskan, Charles E. Wyman, “Lignin Valorization: Improving Lignin Processing in the Biorefinery”, Science, 2014.