Mark Smith

BP-MIT Energy Fellow
Biology


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Biofuels: Too early or too late?

Biofuels: Too early or too late?

Professor Kristala Prather engages undergrads in a discussion about the future of biofuels.

June 1, 2016Read more
Mark Smith

Energy Interest Area

I am interested in engineering microbial systems to efficiently convert abundant carbohydrate materials into valuable transportation fuels.  In particular I would like to use the metabolic engineering toolkit to develop a system which can utilize a heterogeneous sugar source like the hydrolysate of ligno-cellulosic biomass to produce long-chain alcohols and hydrocarbons; Untangling the growing web of connections between energy and agricultural policy is an important and fascinating problem which has long held my interest.  I am particularly interested in exploring more efficient alternatives to existing biofuel policies.

Academic Background

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, B.A. with Highest Honors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2009

mbssmith@mit.edu