The Group

The Papoutsakis Group focuses on the study and modification of regulatory networks that control key cellular programs such as stem-cell differentiation and plasticity or prokaryotic sporulation and stationary-phase phenomena. This research contributes to the understanding of cellular processes of both fundamental and industrial interests—such as stem-cell bioengineering or the link between sporulation, solvent production and stress response in solventogenic clostridia for biofuel production and biorefinery applications—and involves interdisciplinary work in the areas of systems biology, metabolic engineering, experimental and computational genomics, stem-cell biology, and hematology.

By combining state-of-the-art sequencing and genomic analysis techniques with molecular biological tools and cellular physiology, the Papoutsakis Group aims to unravel the exquisitely crafted interplay of cellular processes that allow the exploration of cells for beneficial applications from Regenerative Medicine to Industrial Biotechnology.

Principal Investigator

Terry Papoutsakis

Graduate Students

Alan Fast

Ellinor Schmidt

Kyle Bennet

Chen-Yuan Kao

Julia Rohlhill

Kamil Charubin

Christian Escobar

Hannah Street

Erica Winter


Lisa Steinberg

Vanessa Falara

Nicholas Sandoval (Now at Tulane University)


Ted Groth

Clayton Cuddington

Former Members


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