The PhotoBioCatalysis Unit (Bio-Cat) is a cross-border biotech research group funded by David Cannella at ULB in 2018. The group develops BioBased green technologies transforming biomass and waste into useful commodities through the Light aided enzymatic BioCatalysis: indeed photobiocatalysis processes.
We are specilized in redox fungal enzymes i.e. Monooxygenases, LPMO; laccases and more, as well as characterization of new plant elicitor molucules for applications in agrotechnology.
The group is associated with the Department of Crop Nutrition and Biocatalysis - CPBL led by Prof. C. Hermans at faculty of Sciences. It is also the funding and integral activity of the Biomass Transformation Lab - BTL (where DC serves as co-director), together with prof. A. Shavandi leading the BioMatter unit (3BIO), an initiative of the interfaculty bioengineering school - EIB.
We salute the ULB motto: "Scientia vincere tenebras".
- Every cloud has a silver lining: how abiotic stresses affect gene expression in plant pathogen-interactions. M. Zarattini et al; Journal of Experimental Botany, 2020, eraa531, https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/eraa531
- A fast and easy strategy for lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase-cleavable His6-Tag cloning, expression, and purification. M. Kadowaki, […] D Cannella*, Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 2020, 109704, 10.1016/j.enzmictec.2020.109704
- Laccase-derived lignin compounds boost cellulose oxidative enzymes AA9.
Biotech. for Biofuels, 2018, Brenelli [...] D. Cannella*. pdf
- Light-driven oxidation of polysaccharides by photosynthetic pigments and a metalloenzyme; Nature Communications. 2016, 11134, D. Cannella* et al. pdf
- Enzymatic cellulose oxidation is linked to lignin by long-range electron transfer
Scientific Reports, 2015, Westereng&Cannella et al. pdf