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Celebrating 20 years of Microbial Cell Factories

Read our special anniversary collection here

Poster Awards at Metabolic Engineering 15, Singapore

Microbial Cell Factories, jointly with Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts, sponsored two Poster Awards at the Metabolic Engineering 15 Conference, Singapore, June 11-15, 2023. The winners are: 

  • Han Xiao, South China University of Technology – Poster: Secretion of Collagenases By Saccharomyces Cerevisiae for Collagen Degradation​
  • Ari Satanowski, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology – Poster: In Vivo Demonstration of a New-to-Nature CO2-Reduction Module to Enhance Natural and Synthetic Carbon Fixation


  1. Authors: Matthew Smith, José Sánchez Hernández, Simon Messing, Nitya Ramakrishnan, Brianna Higgins, Jennifer Mehalko, Shelley Perkins, Vanessa E. Wall, Carissa Grose, Peter H. Frank, Julia Cregger, Phuong Vi Le, Adam Johnson, Mukul Sherekar, Morgan Pagonis, Matt Drew…

  1. Authors: Nabih A Baeshen, Mohammed N Baeshen, Abdullah Sheikh, Roop S Bora, Mohamed Morsi M Ahmed, Hassan A I Ramadan, Kulvinder Singh Saini and Elrashdy M Redwan


Thematic series
Immobilization of Microbial Cells for Industrial and Environmental Applications
Edited by Pankaj Bhatt, Zhen Li and Priscilla Amaral

Engineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies
Edited by Vijai Kumar Gupta, Jack A. Gilbert and Meisam Tabatabaei

Greening the Plastics Industry: Advances and Challenges in Bioplastics Research
Edited by Shashi Kant Bhatia, Vinod Kumar and Amulya Kotamraju

Characterizing biosynthesis for bioproduction: Systems biology and production processes
Edited by Qihe Chen, XL Chen and Ying Shi

Microbial synthesis of natural products originating from medicinal plants and fungi
Edited by Prof Mingfeng Cao, Prof Zheyong Xue, Prof. Jifeng Yuan


Thematic series
Recombinant production of new antimicrobials in microbial cell factories
Edited by ​​​​​​Dr Elena Garcia and Dr Anna Aris


Thematic series
Microbial glycobiotechnology
Edited by Professor Vijai Kumar Gupta and Professor Ashok Pandey

Microbial co-cultures
Edited by Mingfeng Cao, Ning He and Yuanpeng Wang


Cross journal collection
Applications of Oleaginous Fungi
Edited by Dr Pat Slininger and Dr. Alex Idnurm

Thematic series
Microbiome in human physiological function
Edited by Dr Santanu Banerjee


Thematic series
Constructing 'intelligent' microbial cell factories
Edited by Prof Long Liu
Collection published: 1st May 2019


Thematic series
Recombinant antibody technology: from phage display panning to complex combined approaches
Edited by Ario de Marco
Collection published: 22nd January 2018


Thematic series
Engineering cell factories for production of bulk and fine chemicals: from designing principles to industrial-scale production
Edited by Yin Li
Collection published: 24 June 2017


Thematic series
CRISPR/Cas9 and the microbial cell factory
Edited by George Guo-Qiang Chen
Collection published: 16 February 2017


Thematic series
Microbial food biotechnology
Edited by: Prof Maria Papagianni
Collection published: 3 May 2016


Thematic series
Systems biotechnology and metabolic engineering
Edited by: Prof Sang Yup Lee
Collection published: 19 June 2014

Thematic series
Added value chemicals and biofuels
Edited by: Prof Akihiko Kondo
Collection published: 9 June 2014

Thematic series
Yeast biotechnology
Edited by: Prof Diethard Mattanovich
Collection published: 6 May 2014

Thematic series
Recombinant protein quality: approaches for the quantitative evaluation of functional and structural features of purified proteins and antibodies
Edited by: Prof Ario de Marco
Collection published: 11 April 2014

Cross journal collection
Reviewer acknowledgements 2013
Collection published: 26 February 2014

Biotechnology at BMC: A new family of companion journals

At BMC, we are very excited to introduce a new family of companion journals in Biotechnology. This new family builds on, and better connects, existing leader BMC journals in the field, and expands the portfolio with new high-quality gold open access journals, aiming to support the same community of scientists.

Aims and scope

Microbial Cell Factories is an open access peer-reviewed journal that covers any topic related to the development, use and investigation of microbial cells as producers of recombinant proteins and natural products, or as catalyzers of biological transformations of industrial interest. Microbial Cell Factories is the world leading, primary research journal fully focusing on Applied Microbiology.

The journal is divided into the following editorial sections:

  • Metabolic engineering
  • Synthetic biology
  • Whole-cell biocatalysis
  • Microbial regulations
  • Recombinant protein production/bioprocessing
  • Production of natural compounds
  • Systems biology of cell factories
  • Microbial production processes
  • Cell-free systems

Calls for Papers

Immobilization of Microbial Cells for Industrial and Environmental Applications

Edited by: Pankaj Bhatt, Zhen Li, and Priscilla Amaral

Engineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies

Edited by: Vijai Kumar Gupta, Jack A. Gilbert, and Meisam Tabatabaei

Greening the Plastic Industry

Edited by: Shashi Kant Bhatia, Vinod Kumar, Amulya Kotamraju

Featured Collections

Characterising biosynthesis for bioproduction: Systems biology and production processes

Guest Editors:
Qihe Chen: College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, China
XL Chen: Jiangnan University, China
Ying Shi: Zhejiang University, China

Microbial synthesis of natural products originating from medicinal plants and fungi

Guest Editors: 
Prof Mingfeng Cao, Xiamen University 
Prof. Zheyong Xue, Northeast Forestry University 
Prof. Jifeng Yuan, Xiamen University

Recombinant production of new antimicrobials in microbial cell factories

Guest Editors: 
Dr. Elena Garcia, Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology
Dr. Anna Aris, Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology

Microbial co-cultures (consortia)

Guest Editors: 
Mingfeng Cao, University of Illinois
Ning He, Xiamen University
Yuanpeng Wang, Xiamen University

Microbial Glycobiotechnology

Guest Editors:
Professor Vijai Kumar Gupta, Scotland's Rural College
Professor Ashok Pandey, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 4.3
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 5.5
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.186
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.048

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 3
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 75

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 2,666,054
    Altmetric mentions: 875