University of Vermont

Dunlop Receives DOE Early Career Award

Mary DunlopDr. Mary Dunlop is one of 65 scientists from across the nation to receive a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Award of $750,000 over five-years for her research entitled, “Engineering Robust Hosts for Microbial Biofuel Production,” selected by the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research for this award.

The DOE Early Career Awards are designed to provide incentives for scientists to focus on mission research areas that are a high priority for the Department of Energy and the Nation through funding exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. The awardees were selected from a pool of about 1,150 university- and national laboratory-based applicants. Selection was based on peer review by outside scientific experts.

Dr. Dunlop is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering (SoE) within UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

“We are thrilled to have one of our young faculty members be recognized with this prestigious award,” says Bernard “Chip” Cole, Interim Dean of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. “She joins the ranks of CEMS faculty recognized throughout the U.S. and the world for their unique and groundbreaking accomplishments in their fields.”

“I am honored to receive this award,” says Dr. Dunlop. “One of the major challenges in microbial biofuel production is that microorganisms can only tolerate limited quantities of biofuel.  This project uses engineering approaches to make biofuel-production strains more robust and has the potential to greatly improve biofuel yields.”

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