Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor, Biology

Kesen Ma.Kesen Ma carries out research in physiology and enzymology of hyperthermophiles, a group of microorganisms growing at temperatures of boiling water. Metabolic processes involved in the conversion of biomass to biofuels and bioproducts at elevated temperatures are studied. Novel thermostable enzymes functioning in these processes are identified and characterized.  His research provides further understanding of the mechanisms of protein thermostability, unusual metabolic pathways and biocatalysis at high temperatures, and also explores potential applications of these biocatalysts in pharmaceutical and other industrial processes.

Undergraduate Advisor (Biology)

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Office: B1 379C
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 33562

University of Waterloo

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