Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Ganesan, V. ‡, Spagnuolo, M. ‡, Agrawal, A., Smith, S., Gao, D., Blenner, M.* “An expanding toolkit for metabolic engineering of Yarrowia lipolytica” Microbial Cell Factories 18:208 (2019). PDF

  2. Schwartz, C., Cheng, JF., Evans, R., Schwartz, CA., Wagner, JM., Anglin, S., Beitz, A., Pan, W., Lonardi, S., Blenner, M., Alper, H., Yoshikuni, Y., Wheeldon, I.* “Validating genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 function in the non-conventional yeast Yarrowia lipolytica” Metabolic Engineering 55:102 (2019). PDF

  3. Spagnuolo, M., Yaguchi, A., Blenner, M.* “Engineering of oleaginous yeast for biofuels production: recent advances and future directions.” Current Opinion in Biotechnology 57:73-81 (2019). PDF

  4. 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

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

  6. 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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

Preprints and Non Peer Reviewed

  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

  2. Blenner, M. “Influence of Epigenetics on Bioprocessing” Chemical Engineering Progress (September 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)