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
EECE Ph.D. student
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.’’
EECE Ph.D. student
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.
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.
EECE Ph.D. student
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.
EECE Ph.D. student, Lab Manager
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!)
EECE Ph.D. student (Co-advised by Prof. Himadri Pakrasi)
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.
EECE Ph.D. student
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.
EECE Undergraduate student
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.
DBBS Ph.D. student
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.
DBBS Ph.D. student, Lab Safety Officer
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.
EECE Ph.D. student
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.
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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