Date of Award:

12-2020

Document Type:

Dissertation

Degree Name:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department:

Biological and Irrigation Engineering

Committee Chair(s)

Randolph V. Lewis

Committee

Randolph V. Lewis

Committee

Ronald Sims

Committee

Charles Miller

Committee

Justin A. Jones

Committee

H. Scott Hinton

Abstract

Spider silks are remarkable biomaterials, possessing a variety of desirable mechanical and material properties. Humans have long-sought to utilize these materials. Spiders produce a range of different types of silks for different purposes, such as web-building, egg casing, and prey swathing. Because spiders are difficult to farm, a synthetic biological approach must be used to produce silk-like proteins. This research is intended to improve the production of piriform, a specific type of spider silk. This was done with targeted-improvements to microbial metabolism and recovery methodologies. The methods developed in this research are useful for other types of silk production and generally contribute to a body of knowledge on the commercialization of spider silk products.

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