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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Randolph V. Lewis (Committee Co-Chair), Ronald Sims (Committee Co-Chair)
Randolph V. Lewis
Justin A. Jones
H. Scott Hinton
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.
Peterson, Cole R., "Recombinant Piriform Spider Silk Production" (2020). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Spring 1920 to Summer 2023. 7912.
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