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FZhang

Fuzhong Zhang
Assistant Professor
Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Division of Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Institute of Materials Science & Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis
1022 Brauer Hall, 1 Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, Missouri 63130

Email: fzhang@seas.wustl.edu

Phone: 314-935-7671

 

 

 

Current Members

 

Andrea BalassyAndrea

EECE Ph.D. student

Education:
M.Sc. Budapest University of Technology and Economics

To this day it fills me with a sense of wonder that mankind is capable to glimpse into the workings of the universe and life itself using the scientific method. I've always been keen to understand the background of new scientific development related to biology and biotechnology. Thus looking back, I think, it was inevitable for me to become a scientist, a research bioengineer. I believe the following saying: ‘‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’’

Email: andrea.balassy@go.wustl.edu

 

 

 

Chris Bowen Chris

EECE Ph.D. student

Education:
B.S. Nazareth College

In my research, I am trying to develop tools to facilitate microbial production of high performance materials from renewable feedstock. In past work we’ve assembled a metabolic pathway in E. coli for the conversion of glucose to widely used polymer precursors. Still, the biological world is full of high performance materials with properties that rival those of synthetic polymers. In future work, I want to move outside the scope of traditional synthetic polymers and focus on production and innovation of protein-based materials, which are at the core of many of nature’s most exceptional biological materials.​

Email: cbowen@wustl.edu

 

 

 

Po-ChengBin Dai

Visiting Scholar

Education:

Ph.D. Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
B.S. Inner Mongolia University, China

There is increasing interest in developing peptide or protein self-assembly for the development of novel functional nanostructures with applications in biomedicine, energy, environment and materials. I am trying to understand how the noncovalent interactions drive peptide or protein self-assembly and control these processes, and find new self-assembled strategies to develop functional nanomaterials.

Email: bindai@wustl.edu

 

 

 

Wen Jiang wen

EECE Ph.D. student

Education:

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology
B.S. Chemistry, Peking University

The global energy crisis and increased environmental concerns have led to great advances in the development of renewable and sustainable biofuels. However, from my point of view, before biofuels can compete with and even substitute for petroleum fuels, three key limitations must be overcome: cost, performance and yield. My enjoyment of the metabolic pathway redesign and molecular biology techniques encourages me to explore new areas in the biofuel production field, especially in efficient reconstruction of microbial metabolic pathway for advanced biofuels, as well as dynamic sensor-regulator system development for yield improvement.

Email: w.jiang@wustl.edu

 

 

 

EugeneEugene Kim

EECE Ph.D. student, Lab Manager

Education:

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

In recent years, it has become extremely important for value-added chemicals to be produced at a large scale and in a sustainable manner. My research focuses specifically on the production of novel biomaterials by developing an efficient protein assembly platform using synthetic biology. When I'm not in the lab, I love travelling, watching Marvel movies, and cheering on Michigan football (Go Blue!)

Email: e.kim@wustl.edu

 

 

 

Po-ChengPo-Cheng Lin

EECE Ph.D. student (Co-advised by Prof. Himadri Pakrasi)

Education:

M.S. Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University
B.S. Public Health, National Taiwan University

My research interest is in metabolic engineering of microorganisms for biofuel and biochemical production. Outside of the lab, I love running, watching movies, and spending time with my friends and family.

Email: po-cheng.lin@wustl.edu

 

 

 

 

DiDi Liu

EECE Ph.D. student

Education:

B.S.  University of Science and Technology of China

I'm interested in engineering microorganisms for efficient biofuel/pharmaceutical production and environmental pollutants sensing and remediation. Besides, I'm also interested in novel nano-materials/nanotechnology to address energy and environmental related issues. I like travelling, badminton and playing piano.

Email: liudi@wustl.edu

 

 

 

JimmyJimmy Qiao

EECE Undergraduate student

Education:

B.S.  Washington University in St. Louis

The dynamic and vast field of Chemical Engineering presents a plethora of challenges that we must overcome.  By pioneering new techniques and innovative methods to hurdle the walls in front of us is crucial; and luckily, we are given opportunities to do so everyday in this lab.  The idea of sustainable fuel is the challenge that I'd like to focus on and use to expand my knowledge within this field.  In addition to my studies, I'm a part of the Cross Country team and enjoy various other outdoor activities.

Email: jbqiao@wustl.edu      

 

 

 

AlexSarah Rommelfanger

DBBS Ph.D. student

Education:

B.S.  Biological Sciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology

My research focus is on using synthetic biology in cyanobacteria to transform the free resources of carbon dioxide and sunlight into valuable products like biofuels and unique biologically-based materials. Production of useful compounds in this carbon-neutral and environmentally sustainable manner has significant potential for replacing our society's dependence on products from fossil fuels, and addressing the growing problem of climate change. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time with my calico cat, reading scifi novels and watching scifi movies, and meeting new and interesting friends to explore St. Louis with.

Email: srommelfanger@wustl.edu

 

 

 

AlexCameron Sargent

DBBS Ph.D. student, Lab Safety Officer

Education:

B.S. Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University

Ever since the days of digging up ant hills as a kid, I have found biology to be pretty cool. The more I've learned about it, the more I've realized that as we continue to better understand it, we can use biology for some even cooler practical applications. I'm especially intrigued by the possibility of engineering microbes for the renewable and sustainable production of biofuels and high-performance materials and recognize that such advances will have tremendous impacts on the global economy, environment, and our everyday lives. I'm excited to participate in the research that will help bring these changes about, including the work I am doing right now on developing efficient microbial production processes for protein-based materials. In addition to awesome science, I like playing and watching sports and spending time with family and friends.

Email: cjsargent@wustl.edu

 

 

 

AlexAlexander Schmitz

EECE Ph.D. student

Education:

B.S.  Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

I am interested in metabolic engineering techniques and advancing knowledge on metabolic processes. Outside the lab I enjoy board games, watching football, and reading sci-fi/fantasy novels.

Email: a.c.schmitz@wustl.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Past Lab Members

Past Undergraduate Students  
Christopher Feng, EECE Undergraduate student, Fall 2012 Trey Weaver, WUSTL Undergraduate student, Summer 2013
Timothy Jiang, WUSTL Undergraduate, 2013 Kevin Chu, EECE Undergraduate student, 2013-2015
Sarah Glade, NSF REU student, Summer 2013 Robert Daniel Moynihan, EECE Undergraduate student, 2013-2015
Diana Veit, Visiting Undergraduate student, Summer 2013 Austin Middleton, EECE Undergraduate student, 2013-2014
Philip Sossenheimer, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2013 Jon Luskin, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2013
Anna Koegler, EECE Undergraduate student, 2013-2015 Jeff Bonin, EECE Undergraduate student, 2014-2015
Ojas Joshi, Visiting Undergraduate student, Summer 2016 Drew Ells, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2016
Harley Greene, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2016  

 

Past Graduate Students  
Philip Montgomery, Spring 2013 Yu Xia, 2013-2014
Gayle Bentley, Ph.D., 2013-2016, NREL, Golden, CO  

 

Past Postdoctoral Fellows & Visiting Scholars  
Yanfang Jiang, Ph.D., 2013-2014, Monsanto Inc., St. Louis, MO Changli Liu, Ph.D., 2015-2016, Northeast Forestry University, China 
Carlos Barba, Ph.D., 2014-2016, Sao Paolo University, Brazil Linda Guamán, 2015-2016, Sao Paolo University, Brazil 
Sangyoung Yoon, Ph.D., 2014-2016, CJ Corp., Korea Yi Xiao, Ph.D., 2013-2016, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Jie Sun, Ph.D., 2015-2016, Washington University, St. Louis, MO  

 

 

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