Tae Seok Moon

Brauer Hall, Room 3004

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
MS, Seoul National University, 2000
BS, Seoul National University, 1998

Tae Seok Moon

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Associate Professor


Synthetic gene circuits in order to control and improve metabolic pathways for the production of biomass-based chemicals and drugs


Tae Seok Moon’s research goals are to construct programmable cells that are able to process multiple input signals and to produce desirable outputs to solve energy, environment, agriculture, and health problems. He has a broad background in systems and synthetic biology, with expertise in gene regulation as well as design and construction of synthetic metabolic pathways, biosensors, and complex genetic circuits. His current projects include (1) engineering probiotic bacteria for medical applications, (2) systems engineering of bacteria to enable production of fuels and chemicals from lignocellulose, (3) understanding biological robustness by building genetic sensors and complex circuits from the bottom-up, and (4) engineering predictable RNA regulators.

He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award (2014) and an ONR Young Investigator award (2017).


Professor Moon became a professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012.

Professor Moon completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Voigt Group, in the Department of Biological Engineering & SynBio Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and jointly, in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of California-San Francisco.

His research applications include energy, environment & health challenges

In the News



Three McKelvey faculty members win research equipment awards https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Three-McKelvey-faculty-members-win-research-equipment-awards.aspxThree McKelvey faculty members win research equipment awards
Moon and Dantas team receives $3.5M grant from NIHhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Dantas-and-Moon-team-receives-3-point-five-million-dollar-grant-from-NIH.aspxMoon and Dantas team receives $3.5M grant from NIH
Moon recognized for research by Biotechnology & Bioengineering journal https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Moon-recognized-for-research-by-Biotechnology--Bioengineering-journal-.aspxMoon recognized for research by Biotechnology & Bioengineering journal