The Doran-Peterson laboratory at the University of Georgia has four major efforts:
1) mining microbial diversity for new organisms, enzymes, and antimicrobials; 2) developing methods for disrupting biomass to release sugars; 3) improving existing fermentation processes and fermenting organisms; and 4) integrating all of the above for an economically viable process. Major biomass types investigated include forestry residues and high impact pine resources, food and agricultural wastes (sugar beet pulp, sugarcane bagasse, corn stover, baby carrot waste, and other food processing wastes), sorghum, grasses (switchgrass, bermudagrass, napiergrass), and algae. She has an active research laboratory and also consults regularly for industry and the investment community.
Dr. Doran-Peterson is the Director of the Professional Science Master of Biomanufacturing and Bioprocessing Program, Divisional Group III Representative for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), former Chair of the Fermentation and Biotechnology Division of the ASM, and the founding Director of the University-wide 80+ member Biofuels, Biopower, and Biomaterials Initiative (B3I).