Prof.dr. J.T. (Jack) Pronk

T: +31 15 27 82416
E: J.T.Pronk@remove-this.tudelft.nl

Room 1.080
Julianalaan 67
2628 BC Delft
The Netherlands                                                                                                              

 



Biography

  • 1999 - present
    Full professor and Group leader Industrial Microbiology Group, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology
  • 1991 - 1999
    Assistant professor Microbiology group, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology
  • 1991
    PhD research 'Physiology of the acidophilic thiobacilli'. Microbiology group, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology
  • 1986
    MSc Plant Molecular Biology (cum laude), Leiden University, The Netherlands

Scientific director NWO-NGI Center of Excellence 'Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation', since 2003

Research interests

  • Quantitative physiology and controlled cultivation of yeasts and fungi
  • Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology
  • Genomics and systems biology

Teaching activities

  • Delft-Leiden BSc and MSc programmes in Life Science and Technology. Teacher in courses on biofarmaceutical technology, biotechnology, microbial physiology and fermentation technology. Coordinator of MSc profile 'Cell Factory', chairman of examination committee.
  • International Advanced Courses: microbial physiology and fermentation technology, applied genomics of industrial fermentation
  • Supervised 12 PhD’s until 2008

Key publications·        

  • Kozak, B.U., Van Rossum, H.M., Benjamin, K.R., Wu, L., Daran, J.M., Pronk, J.T., Van Maris, A.J.A. (2014) Replacement of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae acetyl-CoA synthetases by alternative pathways for cytosolic acetyl-CoA synthesis.Metabolic Engineering 21:46-59
  • Guadalupe-Medina, V., Wisselink, H.W., Luttik, M.A.H., de Hulster, E., Daran, J.M., Pronk, J.T. and Van Maris A.J.A. (2013) Carbon dioxide fixation by Calvin-Cycle enzymes improves ethanol yield in yeast. Biotechnology for Biofuels 6:125
  • Wisselink, H.W., Toirkens, M.J., Wu, Q., Pronk, J.T., van Maris, A.J.A. 2009. Novel evolutionary engineering approach for accelerated utilization of glucose, xylose, and arabinose mixtures by engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75:907-914
  • Boender, L.G., Almering, M.J., Dijk, M,, Van Maris A.J.A, de Winde, J.H., Pronk J.T., Daran-Lapujade, P. (2011) Extreme calorie restriction and energy source starvation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae represent distinct physiological states. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1813:2133-2144
  • Oud, B., Guadalupe-Medina, V., Nijkamp, J.F., de Ridder, D., Pronk, J.T., Van Maris A.J.A., Daran J.M. (2013) Genome duplication and mutations in ACE2 cause multicellular, fast-sedimenting phenotypes in evolved Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110:4223-4231

Orginisation/management

  • Confidential Advisor on Scientific Integrity, Delft University of Technology
  • Chairman Board of Professors, Delft University of Technology
  • Member Career Committee, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology
  • Member Scientific Advisory Board, KNAW Fungal Diversity Centre, Utrecht
  • Member Advisory Board, Institute of Biology, Leiden University

Personal website

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jack_Pronk/

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