Tae Seok Moon

Tae Seok Moon

Associate Professor

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

  • Phone
  • Office
    Brauer Hall, Room 3004
  • Lab location
    Brauer 1052


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


Engineers microbes to solve global problems by applying synthetic biology strategies


Gene regulation as well as design and construction of synthetic metabolic pathways, application-relevant biosensors, and complex genetic circuits in model and non-model organisms


Tae Seok Moon’s research goals are to understand and engineer gene regulatory networks and cellular processes to solve energy, environment, agriculture, and health problems. He has a broad background in systems and synthetic biology, with expertise in development of engineered cells for practical applications. 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 and waste plastics, (3) developing biocontainment circuits to prevent the GMO spread in the environment, (4) building application-relevant biosensors and dynamic sensor-regulators, and (5) engineering predictable RNA regulators.

He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award (2014), an ONR Young Investigator Award (2017), and a B&B Daniel I.C. Wang Award (2019).


Moon joined the faculty of 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.

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