Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Gao, D., Rodriguez, G., Shabbir Hussain, M., Blenner, M. “Dual CRISPR-Cas9 Cleavage in Yarrowia lipolytica Leads to Efficient Gene Excision” Biotechnology Journal doi: 10.1002/biot.201700590 (2018). PDF

  2. Spagnuolo, M., Shabbir Hussain M., Gambill L., Blenner, M.*, “Unlocking Alternative Substrate Metabolism in Yarrowia lipolytica”, Frontiers in Microbiology 9:1077 (2018). PDF

  3. Brabender, M., Shabbir Hussain, M., Rodriguez, G., Blenner, M. “Urea and Urine are Efficient Nitrogen Sources for Growth of Yarrowia lipolytica”, Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology 102(5):2313-2322 (2018) PDF

  4. Yaguchi, A., Spagnuolo, M., Blenner, M.* “Engineering Yeast for Utilization of Alternative Feedstocks” Current Opinion in Biotechnology 53:122-129 (2018). PDF

  5. Dasetty, S., Blenner, M.*, Sarupria, S.* “Engineering Lipases: Walking the Fine Line Between Activity and Stability” Materials Research Express – Emerging Investigators Awards Series 4:114008 (2017) PDF

  6. Yaguchi, A., Robinson A., Mihealsick E., Blenner, M. “Metabolism of Aromatic Compounds by Trichosporon oleaginosus While Remaining Oleaginous” Microbial Cell Factories 16:206. (2017) PDF

  7. Shabbir-Hussain, M., Wheeldon, I., Blenner, M. “A Fatty Acid Transcriptional Sensor Built from Yarrowia lipolytica Upstream Activating and Regulatory Sequences” Biotechnology Journal 12(1):1-11. (2017) PDF

  8. Bulutoglu, B., Dooley, K., Szilvay, G., Blenner M., and Banta, S. “Catch & Release: Fishing for target proteins with an evolved β-roll peptide exhibiting allosteric regulation. ACS Synthetic Biology 6(9):1732-1741. (2017) PDF

  9. Yaguchi, A.‡, Rives, D.‡, Blenner, M. “The New Kids on the Block: Emerging Oleaginous Yeast of Biotechnological Importance”, AIMS Microbiology 3(2):186-206. (2017) PDF

  10. Schwartz, C., Shabbir-Hussain, M., Frogue, K., Blenner, M., Wheeldon, I.* “Standardized markerless gene integration for pathway engineering in Yarrowia lipolytica”, ACS Synthetic Biology 6(3):402-409. (2017) PDF

  11. Shabbir-Hussain, M.‡, Rodriguez, G.‡, , Gao, D., Spagnuolo, M., Gambill, L., Blenner, M. “Recent Advances in Bioenegineering of the Oleaginous Yeast Yarrowia lipolytica” AIMS Bioengineering, 3(4):493-513. (2016)PDF

  12. Rodriguez, G.‡, Shabbir-Hussain, M.‡, Gambill, L., Gao, D., Yaguchi, A., Blenner, M. “Engineering Xylose Utilization in Yarrowia lipolytica by Understanding its Cryptic Xylose Pathway” Biotechnology for Biofuels, 9:149. (2016) PDF

  13. Schwartz, C., Shabbir-Hussain, M., Blenner, M., Wheeldon, I. “Synthetic RNA Polymerase III Promoters Facilitate High Efficiency CRISPR-Cas9 Mediated Genome Editing in Yarrowia lipolytica” ACS Synthetic Biology, 5(4) 356-359. (2016) PDF

  14. Shabbir Hussain, M., Gambill L., Smith, S., Blenner, M. “Engineering Promoter Architecture in Oleaginous Yeast Yarrowia lipolytica” ACS Synthetic Biology, 5(3) 213-223. (2016) PDF

  15. Wilson, A.N., Blenner, M., Guiseppi-Elie, A. "Polyplex Formation Influences Release Mechanism of Mono- and Di-Valent Ions from Phosphorylcholine Group Bearing Hydrogels" Polymers, 6 2451-2472. (2014) PDF

  16. Nedumpully-Govindan, P., Li, L., Alexov, E., Blenner, M., Ding, F. "Structural and Energetic Determinants of Tyrosylprotein Sulfotransferase Specificity" Bioinformatics 15(30) 2302-2309. (2014)PDF.

  17. Blenner, M., Dong, X., Springer, TA. "Towards the structure basis of regulation of von Willebrand Factor binding to Glycoprotein Ib." Journal of Biological Chemistry, 289 5565-5579. (2014) PDF.

  18. Shur, O, Blenner, M., Baltimore, M., Banta, S. "A Designed, Phase Changing RTX Peptide for Efficient Bioseparations" Biotechniques, 54(4) 197-206. (2013) PDF.

  19. Banta, S., Wheeldon, I., Blenner, M. “Protein engineering in the development of functional hydrogels” Annual Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 12 167-186. (2010)PDF.

  20. Blenner, M., Shur, O., Szilvay, G., Cropeck, D., Banta, S. “Calcium induced folding of a Repeat in Toxin (RTX)- Domain Via C-Terminal Entropic Stabilization” Journal of Molecular Biology. 400(2) 244-256. (2010)PDF.

  21. Szilvay, G., Blenner, M., Cropeck, D., Banta, S. “A FRET-based Method for Probing the Conformational Behavior of an Intrinsically Disordered Repeat Domain from Bordetella pertussis Adenylate Cyclase” Biochemistry 48(47) 11273-11282. (2009) PDF.

  22. Blenner, M., Banta, S. “Characterization of the 4D5Flu single chain antibody with a stimulus-responsive elastin-like peptide linker: A potential reporter of peptide linker conformation” Protein Science 17(3) 527-536. (2008) PDF.

  23. Chockalingam, K., Blenner, M., Banta, S. “Design and application of stimulus responsive peptide systems” Protein Engineering Design and Selection 20(4) 155-61. (2007) PDF.


  1. Schwartz, C., Cheng, JF., Evans, R., Schwartz, CA., Wagner, JM., Anglin, S., Beitz, A., Pan, W., Lonardi, S., Blenner, M., Alper, S., Yoshikuni, Y., Wheeldon, I. “Validating genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 function in the non-conventional yeast Yarrowia lipolytica” BioRxiv (2018) PDF

Book Chapters

  1. Blenner, M. "Enzymatic Deconstruction of Lignin for Biofuels" in "Advances in Enzymatic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels" 20-34 (2015) PDF


  1. Banta, S., Blenner, M., Wheeldon, I., Dooley, K. "Leucine Beta Roll Domains and Uses Thereof" US Patent Number: US 9,127,267 B2. (2015)