I completed my masters in Biotechnology at NTNU in 2019 – and was fortunate enough to continue at NTNU as a Ph.D. Both my master thesis and my current research revolves around Lytic Polysaccharide Monoxygenases (LPMOs) a group of copper-dependent enzymes found to internally cleave the bonds of crystalline polysaccharides through an oxidative mechanism. LPMO activity has been thoroughly demonstrated to increase the degradation of polysaccharides like cellulose and chitin and is therefore of huge interest to the biorefinery concept.
My project is a part of the Digital life OxyMod project investigating optimized oxidative enzyme systems for efficient conversion of lignocellulose to valuable products. I and other members of the biopolymer NMR lab at NTNU investigate LPMOs using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy – which allows us to observe these enzymes with high resolution directly in solution.