Emma Master

Associate Professor


St. George (downtown)

CSB Appointment


Research Areas

Genetics / Genomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Systems Biology

Primary Undergraduate Department

Chemical Engineering

Graduate Programs

Cell & Systems Biology

Contact Information

Office Phone: 416-946-7861
Office: WB420C
Lab: WB319
Lab Phone: 416-978-7566

Mailing Address

Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
University of Toronto
200 College St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3E5

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Expression of a fungal glucuronoyl esterase in Populus: Effects on wood properties and saccharification efficiency

Latha Gandla M, Derba-Maceluch M, Liu X, Gerber L, Master ER, Mellerowicz EJ, Jönsson LJ
2014, Phytochemistry, 24997793

Sequence diversity and gene expression analyses of expansin-related proteins in the white-rot basidiomycete, Phanerochaete carnosa

Suzuki H, Vuong TV, Gong Y, Chan K, Ho CY, Master ER, Kondo A
2014, Fungal genetics and biology : FG & B, 24880035

Elucidation of the Molecular Basis for Arabinoxylan-Debranching Activity of a Thermostable Family GH62 α-l-Arabinofuranosidase from Streptomyces thermoviolaceus

Wang W, Mai-Gisondi G, Stogios PJ, Kaur A, Xu X, Cui H, Turunen O, Savchenko A, Master ER
2014, Applied and environmental microbiology, 80, 5317-29, 24951792

The impact of alkali pretreatment and post-pretreatment conditioning on the surface properties of rice straw affecting cellulose accessibility to cellulases

Karuna N, Zhang L, Walton JH, Couturier M, Oztop MH, Master ER, McCarthy MJ, Jeoh T
2014, Bioresource technology, 167, 232-40, 24983695

Fusion of a xylan-binding module to gluco-oligosaccharide oxidase increases activity and promotes stable immobilization

Vuong TV, Master ER
2014, PloS one, 9, e95170, 24736604

Advancing lignocellulose bioconversion through direct assessment of enzyme action on insoluble substrates

Goacher RE, Selig MJ, Master ER
2014, Current opinion in biotechnology, 27, 123-33, 24525082

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Xylo- and cello-oligosaccharide oxidation by gluco-oligosaccharide oxidase from Sarocladium strictum and variants with reduced substrate inhibition

Vuong TV, Vesterinen AH, Foumani M, Juvonen M, Seppälä J, Tenkanen M, Master ER
2013, Biotechnology for biofuels, 6, 148, 24119501

Towards practical time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry lignocellulolytic enzyme assays

Goacher RE, Tsai AY, Master ER
2013, Biotechnology for biofuels, 6, 132, 24034438

Biochemical studies of the multicopper oxidase (small laccase) from Streptomyces coelicolor using bioactive phytochemicals and site-directed mutagenesis

Sherif M, Waung D, Korbeci B, Mavisakalyan V, Flick R, Brown G, Abou-Zaid M, Yakunin AF, Master ER
2013, Microbial biotechnology, 6, 588-97, 23815400

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Comparative genomics of the white-rot fungi, Phanerochaete carnosa and P. chrysosporium, to elucidate the genetic basis of the distinct wood types they colonize

Suzuki H, MacDonald J, Syed K, Salamov A, Hori C, Aerts A, Henrissat B, Wiebenga A, VanKuyk PA, Barry K, Lindquist E, LaButti K, Lapidus A, Lucas S, Coutinho P, Gong Y, Samejima M, Mahadevan R, Abou-Zaid M, de Vries RP, Igarashi K, Yadav JS, Grigoriev IV, Master ER
2012, BMC genomics, 13, 444, 22937793

Constitutive expression of a fungal glucuronoyl esterase in Arabidopsis reveals altered cell wall composition and structure

Tsai AY, Canam T, Gorzsás A, Mellerowicz EJ, Campbell MM, Master ER
2012, Plant biotechnology journal, 10, 1077-87, 22924998

Mode of coniferous wood decay by the white rot fungus Phanerochaete carnosa as elucidated by FTIR and ToF-SIMS

Mahajan S, Jeremic D, Goacher RE, Master ER
2012, Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 94, 1303-11, 22290642

Application of time-of-flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry for the detection of enzyme activity on solid wood substrates

Goacher RE, Edwards EA, Yakunin AF, Mims CA, Master ER
2012, Analytical chemistry, 84, 4443-51, 22507179

Expression and regulation of genes encoding lignocellulose-degrading activity in the genus Phanerochaete

MacDonald J, Suzuki H, Master ER
2012, Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 94, 339-51, 22391967

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Time-dependent profiles of transcripts encoding lignocellulose-modifying enzymes of the white rot fungus Phanerochaete carnosa grown on multiple wood substrates

Macdonald J, Master ER
2012, Applied and environmental microbiology, 78, 1596-600, 22210217

Altered substrate specificity of the gluco-oligosaccharide oxidase from Acremonium strictum

Foumani M, Vuong TV, Master ER
2011, Biotechnology and bioengineering, 108, 2261-9, 21455933

Transcriptomic responses of the softwood-degrading white-rot fungus Phanerochaete carnosa during growth on coniferous and deciduous wood

MacDonald J, Doering M, Canam T, Gong Y, Guttman DS, Campbell MM, Master ER
2011, Applied and environmental microbiology, 77, 3211-8, 21441342

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Expanding the library of secondary ions that distinguish lignin and polysaccharides in time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry analysis of wood

Goacher RE, Jeremic D, Master ER
2011, Analytical chemistry, 83, 804-12, 21190327

Mining bacterial genomes for novel arylesterase activity

Wang L, Mavisakalyan V, Tillier ER, Clark GW, Savchenko AV, Yakunin AF, Master ER
2010, Microbial biotechnology, 3, 677-90, 21255363

Proteomic characterization of lignocellulose-degrading enzymes secreted by Phanerochaete carnosa grown on spruce and microcrystalline cellulose

Mahajan S, Master ER
2010, Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 86, 1903-14, 20306191

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KORRIGAN1 and its aspen homolog PttCel9A1 decrease cellulose crystallinity in Arabidopsis stems

Takahashi J, Rudsander UJ, Hedenström M, Banasiak A, Harholt J, Amelot N, Immerzeel P, Ryden P, Endo S, Ibatullin FM, Brumer H, del Campillo E, Master ER, Scheller HV, Sundberg B, Teeri TT, Mellerowicz EJ
2009, Plant & cell physiology, 50, 1099-115, 19398462

Substrate recognition and hydrolysis by a fungal xyloglucan-specific family 12 hydrolase

Powlowski J, Mahajan S, Schapira M, Master ER
2009, Carbohydrate research, 344, 1175-9, 19433323

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Biphenyl dioxygenase from an arctic isolate is not cold adapted

Master ER, Agar NY, Gómez-Gil L, Powlowski JB, Mohn WW, Eltis LD
2008, Applied and environmental microbiology, 74, 3908-11, 18424535

Comparative NMR analysis of cellooligosaccharide hydrolysis by GH9 bacterial and plant endo-1,4-beta-glucanases

Rudsander UJ, Sandstrom C, Piens K, Master ER, Wilson DB, Brumer Iii H, Kenne L, Teeri TT
2008, Biochemistry, 47, 5235-41, 18402467

A xyloglucan-specific family 12 glycosyl hydrolase from Aspergillus niger: recombinant expression, purification and characterization

Master ER, Zheng Y, Storms R, Tsang A, Powlowski J
2008, The Biochemical journal, 411, 161-70, 18072936

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Biphenyl uptake by psychrotolerant Pseudomonas sp. strain Cam-1 and mesophilic Burkholderia sp. strain LB400

Master ER, McKinlay JJ, Stewart GR, Mohn WW
2005, Canadian journal of microbiology, 51, 399-404, 16088335

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Recombinant expression and enzymatic characterization of PttCel9A, a KOR homologue from Populus tremula x tremuloides

Master ER, Rudsander UJ, Zhou W, Henriksson H, Divne C, Denman S, Wilson DB, Teeri TT
2004, Biochemistry, 43, 10080-9, 15287736

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N-linked glycosylation of native and recombinant cauliflower xyloglucan endotransglycosylase 16A

Henriksson H, Denman SE, Campuzano ID, Ademark P, Master ER, Teeri TT, Brumer H
2003, The Biochemical journal, 375, 61-73, 12826015

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Sequential anaerobic-aerobic treatment of soil contaminated with weathered Aroclor 1260

Master ER, Lai VW, Kuipers B, Cullen WR, Mohn WW
2002, Environmental science & technology, 36, 100-3, 11817368

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