Fuzhong Zhang

Fuzhong Zhang


Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

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    Brauer Hall, Room 1026
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    Brauer 1046


PhD, University of Toronto, 2009
MS, McMaster University, 2005
BS, Peking University, 2003


Uses synthetic biology to produce better biofuels, chemicals and high-performance materials from engineered microbes


Synthetic biology approaches to produce advanced biofuels, chemicals, and materials from sustainable resources


Fuzhong Zhang’s research focuses on developing synthetic biology tools and systems for the sustainable production of structurally-defined chemicals and high-performance materials. Current research projects include: (1) engineering microbial metabolic dynamics and heterogeneity; (2) engineering metabolic pathways to produce structure-defined biofuels and chemicals; (3) developing microbial factories to produce high-performance materials.


Fuzhong Zhang became an assistant professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012.  He received his bachelor degree at Peking University, master at McMaster University, PhD at University of Toronto, and postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley/Joint BioEnergy Institute. Dr. Zhang is a recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2013), ORAU Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2013), NSF CAREER Award (2014), Young Investigator Program from AFOSR, ONR, and HFSP (2015), NASA Early Career Faculty Award (2015), Biotech & Bioeng Daniel Wang Award (2016), Dean’s Faculty Award for Innovation in Research (2016), the SIMB Young Investigator Award (2017) and NIH Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (2019).