Synthetic Biology: Putting Synthesis into Biology

发布时间 :2018-06-26  阅读次数 :1029

报告题目:Synthetic Biology: Putting Synthesis into Biology

报告人:Dr. Huimin Zhao

时  间:    2018年06月29日 星期五上午10:00-11:20

地  点:    闵行校区生物药学楼树华多功能厅(800号)

主持人:    冯雁 教授


Dr. Huimin Zhao, the Steven L. Miller Chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and professor of chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). 

His primary research interests are in the development and applications of synthetic biology tools to address society’s most daunting challenges in health, energy, and sustainability, and in the fundamental aspects of enzyme catalysis, cell metabolism, gene regulation, and cell differentiation.

He received numerous research and teaching awards and honors, such as Marvin Johnson Award (2018), Charles Thom Award (2016), Elmer Gaden Award (2014), and Guggenheim Fellowship (2012). 


    Synthetic biology is the design of novel or improved biological systems using engineering principles. It is a rapidly growing area with broad applications in medical, chemical, food, and agricultural industries. In this talk, I will highlight our recent work in the development and application of novel foundational synthetic biology tools. Specifically, I will introduce four interrelated stories, including: (1) development of the Illinois Biological Foundry for Advanced Biomanufacturing (iBioFAB) for next-generation synthetic biology applications; (2) development of new strategies and tools for discovery of novel natural products from genomes and metagenomes; (3) development of genome-scale engineering tools for rapid metabolic engineering applications, and (4) integration of biocatalysis and chemical catalysis for synthesis of value-added chemicals.

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