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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

Assistant Professor


Tae Seok Moon’s research goals are directed toward creating programmable cells that process multiple input signals and produce desirable outputs for real-world applications. Specifically, he aims to build synthetic gene circuits in order to control and improve metabolic pathways for the production of biomass-based chemicals and drugs.

His postdoctoral research at MIT and University of California-San Francisco provided him with expertise in the design and construction of genetic circuits. As a graduate student at MIT, he learned how to construct and optimize novel metabolic pathways to produce biochemicals that can replace oil-based chemicals. Combining his research experiences with more than five years experience in the biotechnology industry, he envisions his career as transforming biology research from an “observation” approach to a “synthesis-based engineering” activity to address energy, environment and health issues.


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