Barbara R Evans
Barbara R. Evans received her graduate degree in chemistry from the University of California San Diego for studies of lamprey transferrin in the laboratory of Prof. Russell Doolittle. During her postdoctoral appointments at Scripps Institute, La Jolla, and University of Texas at Austin, she studied yeast DNA recombinases in the laboratory of Prof. Makkuni Jayaram. She initially came to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study lignocellulosic biomass and its degradation by cellulase enzymes. She is continuing work in this area as a member of a multidisciplinary team that is applying integrated characterization, neutron scattering, and computer simulation to investigate the molecular hierarchical structure of plant cell walls. Her research interests include photosynthetic proteins, biological hydrogen production, and cellulose from plants, microalgae, and bacteria, including cellulose-based composites.