Clifford Louime

PhD in Environmental Sciences. Researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) in Golden, Colorado.

Research Interests:

Via a systems biology approach, Dr. Louime utilizes novel OMICS tools to identify and analyze microbial pathways involved in hydrocarbon production.


Current projects:

  • Establishing a bioenergy-focused algae collection in Puerto Rico;
  • Algal “omics”
  • Metabolic engineering for enhanced hydrocarbon production;
  • Protein engineering for enhanced lipid production;
  • Biological lignin utilization;
  • Discovery of new antibiotics;
  • Novel Chemicals from El Yunque Tropical Rainforest;
  • International BioEnergy Initiative.

Courses Taught:

Tools and Techniques in Environmental Sciences, Energy Production, Undergraduate Seminar, Research for Undergraduates

Recent publications:

  1. Louime, C. et al. 2015. Biochemical Analysis of some Dunaliella salina strains. Energies. Vol. X pX… Accepted for publication.
  2. Louime, C., Vasanthaiah, H. 2015. Insights into The Catalytic Mechanism of Cellulose Hydrolysis by the Gliding Cellulosic Bacteria Cytophaga hutchinsonii Based On Computer Modeling And Site-Directed Mutagenesis of Cel9A.Energies 3, 1-x – Accepted for publication.
  3. Louime, C. et al, 2014. Cell Density and Light Intensity for Picochlorum sp., Plant. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2014, pp. 68-71. doi: 10.11648/j.plant.20140206.12.
  4. Tran D., Doan N., Louime C., Giordano M., Portilla S., 2014. Growth, antioxidant capacity and total carotene of Dunaliella salina DCCBC15 in a low cost enriched natural seawater medium. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. Vol.30(1): 317-322. DOI 10.1007/s11274-013-1413-2
  5. Louime, C. et al. U.S. Patent Application 2013 for “High Oil-Yielding Algae Strains” Patent : EFS ID#17884233.

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