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Marie Gorwa-Grauslund


Marie Gorwa-Grauslund, is professor at Applied Microbiology since 2009. She obtained a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Genetics in 1996 from INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences) in Toulouse, France. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the Research Centre of Lesaffre in Marcq en Baroeul, France on the development of stress-tolerant yeast, she integrated the division of Applied Microbiology. MGG is responsible for the course Metabolic Engineering



MGG is heading a group on microbial metabolic engineering. Current projects involve developing pentose-fermenting and inhibitor-tolerant Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) for the production of bioethanol and other bulk chemicals of interest as well as understanding and improving stereo-selective whole cell biocatalysis. More recently, the potential of bioconverting lignin components into high value compounds is also investigated ( The database we built on the catabolism of lignin aromatics can be found here


MGG publication list is available here.

Phone: +46 46 222 0619



Current group members

  • Viktor Persson - Ph.D. student; bioethanol
  • Fredrik Lund - Ph.D. student; lignin
  • Gisele de Lima Palermo - Visiting Ph.D. student from UNICAMP, Brazil

Ph.D. alumni

  • Raquel Perruca Foncillas (2023). Evaluation of biosensors and flow cytometry as monitoring tools in lignocellulosic bioethanol production.

  • Celina Tufvegren Borgström (2021). The role of sugar sensing and pathway selection on D-xylose utilization by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

  • Daniel Brink (2019). Understanding and improving microbial cell factories through Large Scale Data-approaches.

  • Karen Ofuji Osiro (2019). Used but not sensed: the paradox of D-xylose metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

  • Diogo J.P. Nunes (2017). Exploring yeast as a cell factory for the production of carboxylic acids and derivatives.

  • Alejandro Muñoz (2017). Application of synthetic biology for biopolymer production using Saccharomyces cerevisiae

  • Venkatachalam Narayanan (2016). Exploring inhibitor tolerance of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for lignocellulosic ethanol production.

  • Valeria Wallace (2014). Improving stress tolerance in industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains for ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass.

  • Violeta Sànchez Nogué (2013). Industrial challenges in the use of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for ethanolic fermentation of lignocellulosic biomass.

  • Nadia Skorupa Parachin (2010). Biocatalysts engineering: metabolic engineering, kinetic modeling and metagenomics applied to industrial biotechnology.

  • Rosa Garcia Sanchez (2010). Engineering Saccharomyces cerevisiae for mixed-sugar fermentation.

  • Joâo Almeida (2009). Improving the response of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to lignocellulosic hydrolysate inhibitors in ethanolic fermentation.

  • Oskar Bengtsson (2008). Genetic traits beneficial for xylose utilization by recombinant S. cerevisiae.

  • Magnus Carlquist (2008). Enzymatic reductions of ketones.

  • Ted Johanson (2007). Engineered yeast as biocatalyst for stereoselective reductions of dicarbonyl compounds.

  • Kaisa Karhumaa (2006). Engineering xylose and arabinose metabolism in recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

  • Marie Jeppsson (2004). Metabolic engineering of xylose-utilising Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains.

  • Michael Katz (2004). Bioreduction of carbonyl compounds to chiral alcohols by whole yeast cells.

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