Tae Seok Moon
Energy, Environmental ＆ Chemical Engineering
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.