Welcome to The Zhang Group

We are specialized in biomolecular engineering, synthetic biology, and metabolic engineering. Our goal is to develop biological control tools and microbial biosynthetic systems for the sustainable production of structurally-defined biofuels, chemicals, and materials.



  • Jul 2017: Dr. Zhang became Associate Professor. Thanks to the Zhang Lab people for their hard work in the past years.

  • May 2017: Di succesfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Design of metabolite biosensors and engineering genetic cIrcuits to regulate metabolic pahtways". Congrations Dr. Liu!

  • Apr 2017: Eugene received the 2017 Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award. Congrats, Eugene!

  • Feb 2017: Alex was awarded as a trainee of the NIH Genome Analysis Training Program. Congrats!

  • Dec 2016: Chris Hartline officially joined the Zhang Lab as a graduate student. Welcome!

  • Nov 2016: Dr. Wenqin Bai joined the group as a visiting postdoctoral scholar. Welcome! Drs. Yi Xiao, Jie Sun, and Gayle Bentley are starting new positions as a Faculty Member at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Postdoctoral Scholar at the Washington University School of Medicine, and Research Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, respectively. Congratulations to the three of you!

  • Nov 3, 2016: Gayle Bentley has successfully defended her thesis entitled "Engineering Escherichia coli towards the production of branched-chain advanced biofuels". Congratulations, Dr. Bentley!

  • Oct 2016: Dr. Sangyoung Yoon started his new position at CJ Corp in South Korea. Congrats and best of luck!

  • Jul 2016: Gayle's paper was published on Metabolic Engineering, titled with "Engineering Escherichia coli to produce branched-chain fatty acids in high percentages". Congratulations!

  • Jul 2016: Dr. Bin Dai joined the group as a visiting postdoctoral scholar. Welcome!

  • Jul 2016: We held a one-week Lab Research Experience in basic molecular cloning and cell cultivation techniques for 5 selected high school students.

  • Jul 2016: Linda Guaman and Dr. Carlos Barba returned/went to Sao Paolo University to finish her graduate studies and start his new position as a postdoctoral associate, respectively. Best of luck!

  • Jun 2016: We held a "Hot Topics in Synthetic Biology" workshop open to local public high school teachers.

  • Apr 2016: Cameron Sargent officially joined the Zhang Lab as a graduate student. Welcome!

  • Apr 2016: Dr. Zhang received the Dean's Faculty Award for Innovation in Research.

  • Mar 2016: Yi, Chris, and Di's paper was published on Nature Chemical Biology, titled with "Exploiting nongenetic cell-to-cell variation for enhanced biosynthesis". This work was also featured in the Department News! Congratulations!

  • Feb 2016: Sarah Rommelfanger officially joined the Zhang Lab as a graduate student. Welcome!

  • Jan 2016: Dr. Zhang received the 2016 B&B Daniel I.C. Wang Award!

  • Dec 2015: Chris' paper was accepted by ACS Synthetic Biology. Congratulations!

  • Dec 2015: Eugene Kim and Alexander Schmitz officially joined the Zhang Lab as graduate students, and Dr. Jie Sun joined the group as a postdoctoral scholar and lab manager. Welcome!

  • Oct 2015: Dr. Zhang, Chris, and Eugene were interviewed for PLOS Synbio blog about the lab's recent NASA grant. See here for the blog post and interview.

  • Aug 2015: Dr. Zhang received the prestigious Early Career Faculty Award from NASA. We are dedicated to develop synthetic biology technologies of cyanobacteria for space exploration purposes. Also check the following news: PR Newswire & SEAS.

  • Jul 2015: Di's review paper was published in Metabolic Engineering with the title "Applications and advances of metabolite biosensors for metabolic engineering".

  • Jul 2015: our work in advanced biofuels has been featured on HEC TV.

  • Jun 2015: the Zhang Lab organized a worshop “Hot Topics in Synthetic Biology”. We thank all the K-12 teacher participants. We also thank NSF for funding and the Institute for School Partnership at WUSTL for assistant.

  • May 2015: We welcome three undergraduate students joining the lab this summer: Jeff Bonin, David Ayeke, and Charlotte Bourg.

  • May 2015: Dr. Zhang received the prestigious ONR Young Investigator Program award!

  • Apr 2015: Jimmy Qiao received a Summer Undergraduate Research Award from Washington University. He will continue his work in the lab this summer. Congratulations Jimmy!

  • Apr 2015: Dr. Zhang received the prestigious Young Invistigators Award from the Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSP)! We are collaborating with Dr. Diego Oyarzún from the Imperial College London to perform synthetic biology research.

  • Mar 2015: our students have received several departmental awards: Chris Bowen received the 2015 Graduate Student Teaching Award, Daniel Moynihan received the EECE Academic Achievement Senior Award, and Anna Kogler received the Klemm Outstanding Junior Award. Let's congratulate them!

  • Mar 2015: Wen's paper was accepted by Biotechnol Bioeng, congratulations!

  • Feb 2015: Dr. Zhang received the prestigious AFOSR Young Investigator Program award!

  • Feb 2015: Dr. Zhang published an editorial and edited a special issue titled "Circuits in Metabolic Engineering" on ACS Synthetic Biology.

News Archive


Fuzhong Zhang
Associate Professor


2017 SIMB Young Investigator Award

2016 Dean's Faculty Award for Innovation in Research

2016 B&B Daniel I.C. Wang Award

2015 NASA Early Career Faculty

2015 ONR YIP Award

2015 HFSP Young Investigators Award

2015 AFOSR YIP Award

2014 NSF CAREER Award

2013 DARPA Young Faculty Award

2013 ORAU Junior Faculty Award