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Fuzhong Zhang
Associate 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

 

Wenqin BaiWenqin

Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar

Education:

Ph.D. Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
M.S. Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
B.S. Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China

My research is focused on using synthetic biology to produce novel materials with desirable properties. Outside of the lab, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends.

Email: wenqinbai@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

BinBin Dai

Visiting Postdoctoral 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

 

 

 

Weitao Geng WEITAO

Visiting Scholar (Assistant Professor, College of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Tianjin University of Science & Technology)

Education:

Ph.D. Microbiology, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
B.S. Bioscience, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

My current research is focused on metabolic engineering for advanced biofuel production. I am interested in using metabolic engineering techniques to understand the biochemical processes that occur in bacteria. Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.

Email: gengweitao@wustl.edu

 

 

 

YichaoYichao Han

EECE Ph.D. student

Education:

BS, Bioinformatics, Huazhong Agricultural University

My research interests focus on the stochastic biochemical process in the cell. I want to analyze different trade-offs among cellular processes and understand how noise (molecular fluctuations and cell-cell variation) can be regulated. Outside of the lab, I like playing and watching basketball, swimming, and working out.

Email: yichaohan@wustl.edu

 

 

 

 

ChrisHartlineChristopher Hartline

EECE Ph.D. student

Education:

B.S. Bioinformatics/Molecular Biology & Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Novel biological organisms have potential for use in a variety of environmental and industrial applications. In designing these organisms, synthetic biologist will need to consider how to engineer organism systems at many different levels including the genome, proteome, and metabolome levels. They will also need to consider how these levels interact with each other and with the cellular environment. In my research, I am studying the interplay between gene regulation and cellular metabolism in controlling the overall genomic and metabolic state of the cell. Outside of the lab I enjoy playing board games, reading, walking and hanging out with friends.

Email: c.hartline@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

 

 

 

 

 

 

CameronCameron Sargent

DBBS Ph.D. student, Safety Manager

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

 

 

 

 

 

ShaojieShaojie Wang

Visiting Ph.D. Student

Education:

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

The growing global demand for petroleum derived products has demanded the development of state-of-the-art technologies for the sustainable production of chemicals, materials and fuels. My research is especially focused on using synthetic biology to establish a platform for advanced biofuels production.

Email: shaojiewang@wustl.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Current Undergraduate Lab Members

Xuyan Qin, EECE Undergraduate student Tavis Reed, EECE Undergraduate student
Michael Lee, Environmental Policy Undergraduate student

 

 

 

Past Lab Members

Past Graduate Students  
Philip Montgomery, Spring 2013 Yu Xia, 2013-2014
Gayle Bentley, Ph.D., 2013-2016, NREL, Golden, CO Di Liu, Ph.D., 2012-2017, Sandia National Lab/JBEI, Emeryville, CA
Wen Jiang, Ph.D., 2013-2018, Monsanto Inc., St. Louis, MO

 

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  

 

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 Zach Glick, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2016
Gillian Myers, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2016 Pranay Ladiwala, Visiting Undergraduate student, Summer 2017
Huibao Feng, Visiting Undergraduate student, Summer 2017 Olivia Schmitz, WUSEF Undergraduate student, Summer 2017
Collin Kilgore, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2017 Maddie Lee, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2017
Zoe Orenstein, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2017 Micah Rickles-Young, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2017
Mark Wang, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2017 Alex Yenkin, WUSTL iGEM student, Summer 2017
Jimmy Qiao, EECE Undergraduate student, 2013-2018 Aashutosh Boob, Visiting Undergraduate student, Summer 2018
Alex Curylo, Visiting Undergraduate student, Summer 2018 Yu Yan, Visiting Undergraduate student, Summer 2018

 

 

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