Mariam B. Sticklen
Michigan State University
Prof. Mariam Sticklen has been a faculty member at MSU for the last 25 years and at the Ohio State University for 4 years. She is the recipient of Michigan State University 2009 Outstanding Faculty Woman Award, the 2008 University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg Clinic Scholar Anti-HIV Speaker Award, and the 2000 Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing Research, Studies and Programs at International Level. She is the inventor of over a dozen of patents, some exclusively licensed by a private sector. Prof. Sticklen has published two books and over 160 other publications. Presently, she serves as the Editor-In-Chief of one refereed journal and as Editorial Board Member of 3 other refereed journals.
Applied research on addressing the production of industrial biotechnological molecules in cellulosic biomass of feedstock crops for a sustainable biofuel and other biobased economy; Safe methods to develop and use genetic modification (GM) technologies that have no or very minimum concerns among the public; The specific biobased molecules that she has produced in corn leaves and stalks include: (1) Heterologous biodegradable plastic enzymes, polyhydroxybutyrate, (2) Heterologous microbial endoglucanase, (3) Heterologous microbial exoglucanase (Trichoderma reesei cellubiohydrolase or CBH1), and (4) production of a South African rumen anaerobic microbe cellobiase enzyme in corn biomass. Her team produces all these industrial molecules successfully in crops to replace the same molecules that are at present expensively produced in microbial fomenters; Another area of research of Dr. Sticklen is down regulation of lignin biosynthesis pathway enzymes to modify lignin configuration and content.