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Food Biotechnology Laboratory

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Dr. Stylianos Fakas 
Associate Professor of Food Biotechnology
Agricultural Research Center, Room 114 
Phone: (256) 372-4168


We study the regulation of lipid metabolism in the model oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica.


Stylianos Fakas

Dr. Fakas received his BS and PhD from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece and his Master's degree from the National University of Athens, Greece. He completed his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. George Carman at Rutgers University where he studied the regulation of phospholipid metabolism in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In 2014, he joined the faculty of Food and Animal Sciences at Alabama A&M University. He is currently Associate Professor of Food Biotechnology and serves as the advisor of the Alabama A&M student chapter of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).


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Olubunmi Aina Graduate student
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Kaleb Jackson Undergraduate student
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Koteswara Makkena Graduate student


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Shaista Nosheen Postdoctoral associate
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Ayodeji Odunsi Graduate student
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Sagar Pasham Graduate student



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  •  UKEY, R., CARMON, T., HARDMAN, D., HILL, N., FAKAS, S., The Yarrowia lipolytica PAH1 homolog contributes but is not required for triacylglycerol biosynthesis during growth on glucose. Yeast, 2020, 37: 93–102DOI: 10.1002/yea.3447


  • HARDMAN, D., UKEY, R., FAKAS, S., Phosphatidate phosphatase activity is induced during lipogenesis in the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica. Yeast, 2018, 35: 619-625. DOI: 10.1002/yea.3353


  • HARDMAN, D., MCFALLS, D., FAKAS, S., Characterization of phosphatidic acid phosphatase activity in the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica and its role in lipid biosynthesis. Yeast, 2017, 34: 83-91. DOI: 10.1002/yea.3216
  • FAKAS, S., Lipid biosynthesis in yeasts: A comparison of the lipid biosynthetic pathway between the model non‐oleaginous yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the model oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica. Engineering in Life Sciences, 2017, 17: 292–302. DOI: 10.1002/elsc.201600040


  • HARDMAN, D., FAKAS, S., Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids as Dietary Supplements: Biological Activities and Sources. International Journal of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, 2016, 2:113. DOI: 10.15344/2456-8171/2016/113


  • SEMBONGI, H., MIRANDA, H., HAN, G.-S., FAKAS, S., GRIMSEY, N., VENDRELL, J., CARMAN, G. M., SINIOSSOGLOU, S., Distinct roles of the phosphatidate phosphatases lipin 1 and 2 during adipogenesis and lipid droplet biogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2013, 288: 34502-34513. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M113.488445
  • QIU, Y., FAKAS, S., HAN, G.-S., BARBOSA, A. D., SINIOSSOGLOU, S., CARMAN, G. M., Transcription factor Reb1p regulates DGK1-encoded diacylglycerol kinase and lipid metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2013, 288:29124-29133. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M113.507392


  • SOTO-CARDALDA, A., FAKAS, S., PASCUAL, F., CHOI, H-S., CARMAN, G.M., Phosphatidate phosphatase plays role in zinc-mediated regulation of phospholipid synthesis in yeast. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2012, 287:968-977. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M111.313130
Class Number Class Name Level
FAS 453 & 553 Agricultural Biochemistry Dual level
FAS 615 Food Enzymes Graduate
FAS 671 Introduction to Biotechnology Graduate
FAS 771 Advanced Food Biotechnology Graduate
FAS 780 Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals Graduate
Name  Classification Year
Derell Hardman Graduate (Master's & Ph.D.) 2014-24
Vanessa Kishasha Graduate (Master's) 2017-19
Rahul Ukey PostDoctoral 2016-19
 Taiwo Adebayo Graduate (Master's) 2018-20 
Taylor Carmon Graduate (Master's & Ph.D.) 2017-22
Varsha Chowdary Anche Graduate (Ph.D.) 2019-24


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    Fakas Lab at AAMU
    Agricultural Research Center, Room 125 
    Dr. Stylianos Fakas
    Principal Investigator
    Associate Professor of Food Biotechnology





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