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Aditya Kunjapur

Graduate Student

Department of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Room: E18-524
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

Phone: (617) 258-8037


B.S. Chemical Engineering
Business Foundations Certificate
University of Texas at Austin 2010

Ph.D. Candidate in Chemical Engineering
Expected Graduation Date: June 2015

Research Description

I focus on microbial engineering for aldehyde synthesis. Aldehydes can be used to produce chemicals spanning fuels, flavors, and pharmaceutical intermediates.

As of August 2014, I am seeking a Boston area post-doctoral research experience beginning in Summer/Fall 2015, preferably in the area of genome engineering.


Sheppard, M. J.; Kunjapur, A. M.; Wenck, S. J.; Prather, K. L. J. “Retrobiosynthetic modular approach to pathway design achieves selective pathway for microbial synthesis of the gasoline substitute 4-methyl-pentanol.” Nature Comm. 2014 in press.

Kunjapur, A. M.; Tarasova, Y.; Prather, K. L. J. “Synthesis and accumulation of aromatic aldehydes in an engineered strain of E. coli.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014 136 (33), 11644-11654.
DOI: 10.1021/ja506664a

Kunjapur, A. M.; Eldridge, R. B. “Photobioreactor design for commercial biofuel production from microalgae.” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2010 49 (8), 3516-3526.
DOI: 10.1021/ie901459u