Galyna Kufryk is interested in regulation of biological processes in microbial cells and their practical applications. She works primarily with cyanobacteria, photosynthetic microorganisms that use the sunlight as a source of energy to drive biosynthetic reactions. This group is extremely versatile and virtually ubiquitous, found in nearly every natural environment where the sunlight is present. Dr. Kufryk is looking to explore the natural capacity of these microorganisms for biofuel production, as well as enhance it by the means of genetic engineering. Microbial biofuels are gaining recognition as environmentally friendly and sustainable, and are being extensively researched.
Dr. Kufryk is using an integrative approach in her research and teaching, and she promotes a greater connection between scientific disciplines. She is working extensively on developing teaching and learning strategies that would strengthen integration between STEM courses and deepen the learners' understanding of the subject. This approach to scholarship of teaching fosters collaboration across the disciplines and colleges, and it has been recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.