Associate Professor Esteban Marcellin

Professorial Research Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
e.marcellin@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 64298

Overview

Research Interests

  • Systems and Synthetic Biology
    Systems and synthetic biology are powerful tools to guide the improvement of biological systems for producing fuels, chemicals, foods and biopharmaceuticals. Systems and synthetic approaches can be used to identify metabolic engineering targets and develop new production strains. Using data-driven approaches that take advantage of the tremendous growth in high throughput ‘-omics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics) coupled with mathematical models we can better understand cells. The data gathered can be used to suggest potential metabolic engineering strategies (e.g. bottlenecks that can be targeted for knockout/up-regulation) to improve yields and productivity. Biological systems are refined and improved using biological data, leading to further iterative rounds of metabolic engineering to enhance production. Using gas fermentation, we are consuming greenhouse gases (CO and CO2) as feedstock for fermentation and converting those greenhouse gases into valuable fuels, chemicals and fuels. This allows us to decrease our dependence on finite fossil fuel resources and improves sustainability for Australia. Our projects aim at producing efficient cell lines to increase the yields and productivity of biological systems. In collaboration with leaders in the industry, such as Lanzatech, Amyris, Zoetis, Dow, CSL and Thermo-Fisher, we are applying systems metabolic engineering to enhance yields and increase the production scope of the advanced biomanufacturing sector.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Chemical Engineering

Publications

  • Nöbel, Matthias, Barry, Craig, MacDonald, Michael A., Baker, Kym, Shave, Evan, Mahler, Stephen, Munro, Trent, Martínez, Verónica S., Nielsen, Lars K. and Marcellin, Esteban (2023). Harnessing metabolic plasticity in CHO cells for enhanced perfusion cultivation. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. doi: 10.1002/bit.28613

  • Casini, Isabella, McCubbin, Tim, Esquivel-Elizondo, Sofia, Luque, Guillermo G., Evseeva, Daria, Fink, Christian, Beblawy, Sebastian, Youngblut, Nicholas D., Aristilde, Ludmilla, Huson, Daniel H., Dräger, Andreas, Ley, Ruth E., Marcellin, Esteban, Angenent, Largus T. and Molitor, Bastian (2023). An integrated systems biology approach reveals differences in formate metabolism in the genus Methanothermobacter. iScience, 26 (10) 108016, 1-26. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.108016

  • Gunter, Helen M., Idrisoglu, Senel, Singh, Swati, Han, Dae Jong, Ariens, Emily, Peters, Jonathan R., Wong, Ted, Cheetham, Seth W., Xu, Jun, Rai, Subash Kumar, Feldman, Robert, Herbert, Andy, Marcellin, Esteban, Tropee, Romain, Munro, Trent and Mercer, Tim R. (2023). mRNA vaccine quality analysis using RNA sequencing. Nature Communications, 14 (1) 5663, 1-12. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-41354-y

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Turner, Mark S., Vu, Thu Ngoc Minh, Marcellin, Esteban, Liang, Zhao-Xun and Pham, Huong Thi (2020). Osmoregulation via cyclic di-AMP signaling. Microbial cyclic di-nucleotide signaling. (pp. 177-189) edited by Shan-Ho Chou, Nicolas Guiliani, Vincent T. Lee and Ute Römling. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-33308-9_11

  • Marcellin, Esteban, Chen, Wendy Y. and Nielsen, Lars K. (2016). Metabolic pathway engineering for hyaluronic acid production. Handbook of carbohydrate-modifying biocatalysts. (pp. 683-696) edited by Peter Grunwald. Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing. doi: 10.1201/9781315185392-21

  • Marcellin, Esteban, Chen, Wendy Y. and Nielsen, Lars K. (2012). Metabolic pathway engineering for hyaluronic acid production. Carbohydrate modifying biocatalysts. (pp. 571-584) edited by Peter Grundwald. Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing. doi: 10.4032/9789814303484

  • Marcellin, Esteban, Chen, Wendy and Nielsen, Lars Keld (2009). Microbial hyaluronic acid biosynthesis. Microbial Production of Biopolymers and Polymer Precursors: Applications and Perspectives. (pp. 163-180) edited by B.H.A. Rehm. Norfolk, UK: Caister Academic Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Nielsen, Lars Keld, Chen, Wendy and Saldana Marcellin, Esteban Stefane (2010). Production of hyaluronic acid. EP 2195348 A1.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision