UMass Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Institute for Cellular Engineering



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Susan C. Roberts
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Director, Institute for Cellular Engineering
102 Goessmann Lab
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9292
(413) 545-1660

Plant Metabolic Engineering and Mammalian Cell In Vitro Systems

Laboratory focuses on cellular and metabolic engineering.  Through the characterization and redirection of metabolism, cellular processes can be optimized for a variety of applications.  Our current research focus is in two main areas:  (1) plant metabolic engineering for the production of medicinals via plant cell culture and (2) design and utilization of mammalian cell in vitro systems for the development of novel cell encapsulation systems and the study of cellular function.


Research Interest

Potential Application

Plant metabolic engineering

Production of medicinal via plant cell culture

Metabolic control of Paclitaxel accumulation in Taxus cell cultures

Optimized production of anticancer agent

Cell encapsulation technologies (collaboration with Surita Bhatia)

Cell encapsulation for signal-responsive cells with a high metabolic rate and oxygen demand

Optimizing energy metabolism for diabetic patients during exercise (w/ Barry Braun)

New treatments

University of Massachusetts
Institute for Cellular Engineering
686 North Pleasant Street
159 Goessmann Laboratory
Amherst, MA 01003