Metabolic Modeling for Designing Microbes and Communities

Radhakrishnan Mahadevan
University of Toronto
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:00pm
McLennan Physical Laboratories, Room MP606
Invited Speaker Seminar
Improved understanding of the organization of metabolic networks can enable the more effective control of metabolism for several applications ranging from metabolite overproduction to treatment of metabolic diseases. Advances in computational modeling techniques have allowed the development of genome-scale models of metabolism in several organisms.  These models have become the basis for analysing the potential of metabolic networks and to understand their organization. Using such genome-scale metabolic models, we can  understand and engineer microbial networks. In the first part of the talk, we will focus on the use of these models for engineering simultaneous sugar  utilization in Escherichia coli using an bilevel optimization algorithm and in the second part, we will describe the application of these models  for predicting inter species metabolite exchanges in a syntrophic community using mixed integer linear optimization problem. In the last part of the talk, we will focus on nonlinear phenomena such as bistability that cannot be captured by stoichiometric metabolic models and also discuss the identifiability of  large scale kinetic models of metabolism to allow the development of genome-scale kinetic models for applications in metabolic engineering.
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