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
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.
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.
EECE Ph.D. student
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.
EECE Ph.D. student
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.
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
B.S. Environmental Sciences, Peking University
My research interests mainly focus on the production of engineered living materials using synthetic biology. Living materials, defined as materials that are composed of living cells, have become a hot topic in recent years due to its great potential to serve as material factories or environmental sensors. In my free time, I enjoy reading history and mystery novels.
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.
DBBS Ph.D. student, Safety Manager
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.
Visiting Scholar (Associate Professor, College of Life Science and Technology, Dalian University)
Ph.D. Bioengineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China
MASc, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang, China
My research interest focuses on applying synthetic biology tools to engineering microbial cell factories for the production of novel protein-based materials. Outside of the lab, I like spending time with my family.
Current Undergraduate Lab Members
|Xuyan Qin, EECE Undergraduate student||Tavis Reed, EECE Undergraduate student|
|Beryl Mpamo, EECE Undergraduate student||Michael Lee, Environmental Policy Undergraduate student|
|Charlie Wyffels, EECE Undergraduate student|
Past Lab Members and Current Positions (last known after leaving lab)
|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, ADM, Decatur, IL|
|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, Ph.D., 2015-2016, Sao Paolo University, Brazil|
|Sangyoung Yoon, Ph.D., 2014-2016, CJ Corp., Korea||Yi Xiao, Ph.D., 2013-2016, currently professor at Shanghai JiaoTong University, China|
|Jie Sun, Ph.D., 2015-2016, Washington University, St. Louis, MO||Shaojie Wang , Ph.D candidate, 2017-2018, Beijing University of Chemical Technology|
|Weitao Geng, Ph.D., 2018-2019, Nankai University, Tianjin, China||Bin Dai, Ph.D., 2016-2019|
|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|
|Joku Aussra, EECE Undergraduate student, 2017-2018||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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