Elizabeth Skovran

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences

Duncan Hall, Room DH535

Telephone: (408) 924-4846

FAX: (408) 924-4840

E-mail: elizabeth.skovran@sjsu.edu

The Skovran Research Lab (coming soon...)

Current Course

● Micro 101



● 2010, Postodctoral Research, University of Washington, Department of Chemical Engineering, Mary Lidstrom’s lab (https://depts.washington.edu/mllab/)

● 2005, Ph.D., Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Diana Downs’ lab

● 1996, B.S., Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Marc Rott’s lab


Professional Experience

2011, Acting Instructor, University of Washington, Department of Microbiology

2011-2012, Instructor, North Seattle Community College



We use systems biology approaches along with classical genetic and biochemical techniques to understand the metabolic capacity of Methylobacterium extorquens AM1 in order to engineer this organism to produce value added chemicals like biofuel from methanol.  To efficiently engineer this organism to produce value added chemicals, we must have a detailed understanding of the pathways involved in methylotrophic growth and their regulation along with the ability of M. extorquens to regulate production and consumption of key toxic central metabolites.  Currently our lab is focused on 3 specific areas in methylotrophy:

1.  Regulation of methanol dehydrogenase gene expression

2.  The oxalyl-CoA reductase pathway and its regulation

3.  Regulation of metal homeostasis and the connection between metals and methylotrophic growth