Engineering next generation organisms for our future bioeconomy
Life has leveraged a finite set of building blocks in constructing biomolecules. Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids possess complex chemical properties that emerge from just a few unique monomeric units. My group's research aims to utilize fundamental approaches in synthetic biology, chemical biology, biosynthesis, and biomolecular engineering for reprogramming life. The goal is to both extend the amino acid, nucleic acid, and carbohydrates building blocks available in living systems for biosynthesis and to use newly expanded metabolism for producing biomolecules with unique chemical and physical properties. Our mission: to engineer organisms that will support the production of next-generation biochemicals and biomolecules.
Research fields: synthetic biology, biomolecular engineering, chemical biology, natural product discovery, biochemistry, chemical engineering, genetic engineering