Mark Smith

BP-MIT Energy Fellow
Biology


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Is "Algaetecture" the answer to our CO2 crisis?

Is "Algaetecture" the answer to our CO2 crisis?

It's no secret the world's forests are being destroyed at the fastest rate in history. An algae canopy developed by ecoLogicStudio seems to offer a replacement.

May 21, 2015Read 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