Katherine Akingbade

Microbiome team lead and SynBio for Military Environs ARAP technical lead for Biotechnology Branch

Army Research Laboratory

Dr. Katherine Akingbade is the Microbiome team lead and SynBio for Military Environs ARAP technical lead for Biotechnology Branch at the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, MD.  She received her B.S in microbiology at University of Pittsburgh in 2006, where she studied bacteriophage genetics in the HHMI laboratory of Dr. Hatfull. She received her Ph.D. in microbiology at Vanderbilt University in 2011, where she focused on structural biology and biochemistry of virulence factors from enteropathogenic bacteria. Dr. Akingbade became an Oak Ridge associate Universities postdoctoral fellow with ARL in 2011, where she worked with Dr. Christian Sund to elucidate enzymatic reactions in the pectin and arabinose metabolism pathways of Clostridium acetobutylicum ATCC 824. In 2015, Katherine converted to a government civilian employee, where she continued her work on Clostridium metabolism and has since engineered the organism to produce specialty chemicals and material precursors, as well as develop sensor circuits for this organism. She has also worked on developing designer plug and play consortia for agile expedient manufacturing at the point of need to support the requirements of an expeditionary Army force. She is currently working to help shape the new Synthetic Biology Essential Research Program, TRANSFORME, for the Army and transition the Syn Bio for Military Environs ARAP to the new program.