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Indiana University Bloomington

James MckinlayJake mckinlay

Assistant Professor, Biology

Office: Jordan Hall A309

Phone: 812/855-0359

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BSc, University of British Columbia, 2001
MSc, Michigan State University, 2003
PhD, Michigan State University, 2006
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington, 2007-2011


Microbial metabolism; bioprocessing; biofuels; 13C-metabolic flux analysis.

Representative Publications

Kremer, TA*, B LaSarre*, AL Posto, and JB McKinlay. 2015. N2 gas is an effective fertilizer for bioethanol production by Zymomonas mobilis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 112: 2222-2226. * equal contribution.

Gordon, GC and JB McKinlay. 2014. Calvin cycle mutants of photoheterotrophic purple non-sulfur bacteria fail to grow due to an electron imbalance rather than toxic metabolite accumulation. J. Bacteriol.196:1231-1237.

McKinlay, JB, Y Oda, M Rühl, AL Posto, U Sauer, and CS Harwood. 2014. Non-growing Rhodopseudomonas palustris increases the hydrogen gas yield from acetate by shifting from the glyoxylate shunt to the tricarboxylic acid cycle. J. Biol. Chem. 289: 1960-1970.

McKinlay, JB and CS Harwood. 2011. Calvin cycle flux, pathway constraints and substrate redox state together determine the H2 biofuel yield in photoheterotrophic bacteria. mBio. 2:doi:10.1128/mBio.00323-10.

McKinlay, JB and CS Harwood. 2010. Carbon dioxide fixation as a central redox cofactor recycling mechanism in bacteria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 107: 11669-11675.

McKinlay, JB and CS Harwood. 2010. Photobiological production of hydrogen gas as a biofuel. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 21: 244-251.