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Synthetic biology approaches to produce advanced biofuels, chemicals, and materials from sustainable resources
Fuzhong Zhang’s research interests focus on developing synthetic biology approaches to produce advanced biofuels, chemicals, and materials from sustainable resources. Current research projects include: (1) developing dynamic regulatory systems for biosynthetic pathways; (2) engineering microbes to produce structure-defined biofuels and chemicals; (3) developing microbial factories for advanced materials; (4) engineering cyanobacteria for synthetic biology applications.
Fuzhong Zhang became a professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. He received his PhD at the University of Toronto and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Zhang is a recipient of the 2013 DARPA Young Faculty Award, the 2013 ORAU Junior Faculty Award, the 2014 NSF CAREER Award, the 2015 AFOSR YIP Award, and the 2015 HFSP Young Investigators Award.
Works to make the microbial production of biofuels more economically viable