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The Hittinger Lab

Hittinger Lab Photo 2016

Welcome to the Hittinger Lab!

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.


~ January 2018 ~

Hayley Stoneman joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome, Heyley!

~ November 2017 ~

Hittinger and UW Food Science colleagues publish a review on "Diverse yeasts for diverse fermented beverages and foods” in Current Opinion in Biotechnology

Cornucopia of Yeast Products

~ 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!



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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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