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The Hittinger Lab

Hittinger Lab Photo 2016

The Hittinger Lab uses yeast carbon metabolism as a model for basic bioenergy, biomedical, and evolutionary research. Our research interests and integrated approaches are at the intersection of biodiversity; biochemistry; biotechnology; and functional, ecological, and evolutionary genomics. Ongoing projects are focused on understanding the origin and evolution of aerobic fermentation, yeast ecology and biodiversity, genetic variation in natural and industrial yeasts, genome engineering and synthetic biology, and the metabolism of alternative carbon sources (e.g. galactose, maltose, xylose) that may have bioenergy and brewing applications.


~ October 2017 ~

Dr. Chris Hittinger is named one of the "40 Under 40" by Midwest Energy News! Congratulations, Chris!

Check out "Salvation through Fermentation" by Krista Eastman, in the Fall issue of Wisconsin People & Ideas which highlights Dr. Russell Wrobel and the work on yeast hybrids. Congratulations!

~ September 2017 ~

The lab welcomes three new researchers to the lab for another great year of research. Caroline, Napoleon, and James are the latest recruits to a great bunch of undergraduate researchers. Check out the whole crew!

~ August 2017 ~

Congratulations to Dr. Christina Kuang, our newly minted PhD!

To see her defense, visit this webpage hosted by UW's Biotech Center. Thanks to them for their generosity in filming and hosting these talks.

~ June 2017 ~

Dr. David Peris Navarro, a postdoc in the lab, receives a prize from the Science Foundation of Ireland, for the 33rd International Specialized Symposium on Yeast (ISSY33), and gave an oral presentation at the conference, 26-29 of June, 2017, in Cork, Ireland. Congratluations, Dr. Peris!

~ May & June 2017 ~

Check out the BiofuelsDigest coverage of Max's discovery!

Check out this interview with Green Bay's Fox 11 and Max Haase regarding his new discovery!

Undergraduate student Max Haase of Green Bay names a new species of yeast for packers! Here is the UWMadScience Blog piece and scientific article.

~ Spring 2017 ~

Congratulations to Max Haase for winning a University Book Store Academic Excellence Award for his research!

Congratulations to graduating seniors Kelly Buh (Genetics), Max Haase (Evolutionary Biology), and Ryan Moriarty (Genetics)!


~ April 2017 ~

Media specialist Lisa Sorlie takes research experience and innovative curriculum back to Bonduel School District

GLBRC Reporting on her successes

STEM Diversity program reporting

Microbiology PhD student EmilyClare Baker is awarded a Louis and Elsa Thomsen Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for her research on the S. eubayanus genome!

~ March 2017 ~

GLBRC postdoctoral associate David Peris and colleagues show the potential of interspecies hybridization for biofuel production by Saccharomyces. Read about it in Biotechnology for Biofuels! Check it out!

~ Spring 2017 ~

The Hittinger Lab welcomes Rachel to the lab!

~ Fall 2016 ~

The Hittinger Lab has grown in numbers this fall! We welcome Samantha, Ellie, Ritika, and Aaron as our newest Wild YEAST Hunters! We also welcome Edward, our newest hands that keep us clean, stocked, and organized.

~ October 2016 ~

PhD student Christina (Meihua) Kuang, et al., show how "ongoing resolution of duplicate gene functions shapes the diversification of a metabolic network."

Full article in eLife

~ September 2016 ~

Dr. David Krause joins the lab. Welcome, Dr. Krause!

~ Summer 2016 ~

Check out this article about our amazing summer RET, Lisa Sorlie! Have a great school year, Mrs. Sorlie.

What I did on my summer vacation!

~ July 2016 ~

David Peris, Quinn Langdon, and colleagues show how rare North American wild isolates of Saccharomyces eubayanus are related to each other and domesticated hybrid lager yeasts.Beer Montage

UW press release

Spanish language press release

Full article in PLoS Genetics

~ June 2016 ~

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Alexander on his new job! He has accepted an exciting opportunity at Muse Biotechnology, an up-and-coming genome engineering and synthetic biology company based in Boulder, Colorado. There he will set up the yeast side of their rapidly growing operation.

~ April 2016 ~

Awards Season for lab members!

Emily Baker, author of The genome sequence of Saccharomyces eubayanus and the domestication of lager-brewing yeasts has won MBE's best student paper award for 2015! Congratulations, Emily!

We also want to congratulate Max Haase, Martin Jarzyna and Ryan Moriarty, all undergraduate researchers in our lab, who have won research awards. Great Job All!

Two lab members also won awards to attend The Allied Genetics Conference in Florida this summer. Congratulations to Dr. David Peris Navarro and Max Haase.


~ March 2016 ~

Dr. Russell Wrobel joins the lab!

Dr. William Alexander published a paper in PNAS titled:

Horizontally acquired genes in early-diverging pathogenic fungi enable the use of host nucleosides and nucleotides.

Check it out!

~ February 2016 ~

Members of the Hittinger Lab share their knowledge of colony morphology and genetic heretability in yeast at the 2016 Tree of Life event. Large numbers of eager students joined us for the afternoon to learn with labs. Thank you to all who worked hard to make this event a huge success!


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Photo by Diego Libkind


Chris Todd Hittinger
Laboratory of Genetics
425-G Henry Mall
4340-4360 Genetics/Biotechnology Center
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1580
United States

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