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Clifford Louimi

Clifford Louimi

Research Associate, BioEnergy Group, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Phone: (850) 561-2217

Fax: (850) 561-2617

College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA)
303 Perry Paige South
Tallahassee, Florida 32307



Ph.D. in Environmental Biomolecular Sciences, Florida A&M University

Research Interests:

One of the major barriers to the overall economics of the biomass ethanol industry is the efficiency of microbial degradation of cellulosic materials derived sugar mixtures into biofuels and other useful chemicals. Therefore Dr. Louime is interested in - Microbial conversion of cellulosic wastes - Metabolic engineering of microorganisms to produce biofuels and other value added products - Genomic applications for the identification of genes involved in cellulose degradation, and - Production of alternative feedstock for bioenergy (biodiesel and ethanol) Microbial conversion of biomass is poised to make the most significant impact on BioEnergy in the short term. Dr. Louime is a Board Member of "Energies", the "International Journal for Molecular Sciences", and regular reviewer of "Current Microbiology" and "Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology"....etc...He is a member of the American Society of Microbiology, the American Society of Plant Biologists...etc...and has published numerous research papers on the topic of BioEnergy.

Publications List:

1. Louime, C. 2008. Cellulosic ethanol: securing the planet future energy needs. Int J Mol Sci. 2008 May;9(5):838-41. Epub 2008 May 17. - PMID: 19325787 [PubMed]- Free article in PMC 2. Louime, C., Abazinge, M. Latinwo, L., Ikediobi, C., Clark, AM. 2007. Molecular cloning and biochemical characterization of a family-9 endoglucanase with an unusual structure from the gliding bacteria Cytophaga hutchinsonii. Appl Biochem Biotechnol. 2007 Apr;141(1):127-38. - PMID: 17625271 [PubMed]. 3. Louime 1, Clifford. Michael Abazinge 1, Elijah Johnson 1, Lekan Latinwo 2, Hannah Uckelmann 3 and Christopher Ikediobi. 2009. Insights Into the Catalytic Mechanism of Cytophaga Hutchinsonii Based on Computer Modeling and Site-Directed Mutagenesis of cel9A. Int. J. Mol. Sci. Vol 7-3. (Accepted). 4. Louime, C., Abazinge, M., Johnson, E., Latinwo, L., Ikediobi, C. 2006. Location, formation and biosynthetic regulation of cellulases in the gliding bacteria Cytophaga hutchinsonii. Int. J. Mol. Sci. Volume 7. pp1-11. 5. Louime, C., Abazinge, M., Johnson, E., Latinwo, L. 2006. Sugarcane: Is it the new biocellulosic substrate for the biomass industry. Florida Scientist. Volume 69 (1). Pp 44-48. 4. Louime, C. 2007. Potential and Prospects of Cellulosic Ethanol in the World. Cur. Sci., Vol. 93, No. 9, 10 November 2007, p1210-1211. 7. Michael Abazinge 1 and Clifford Louime. 2009. Studies of the Cellulolytic System of the Gliding Bacterium Cytophaga Hutchinsonii. Int. J. Mol. Sci. Vol 7-3. (Accepted) 8. Oghenekome Onokpise*,1, Clifford Louime 2, Don Rockwood 3 and Richard Hall. 2009. Potential Hardwood Tree Species For Biofuels in the Southeast United States. Int. J. Mol. Sci. Vol 7-3. (Accepted )