Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2005
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2002
B.S., Chemistry, Millikin University, 1999
Jan 2009 - Present - Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
Aug 2007 - Dec 2008 - NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware
Feb 2006 - Jul 2007 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University
Feb 2005 - Jan 2006 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University
I advise several graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the Department. I have also participated in developing a dual degree program between Virginia Tech and the National Engineering School of Sfax (Tunisia). This program was funded by the U.S. State Department. Currently, I am the faculty advisor for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) student chapter at Virginia Tech, and I am head of the Potential Employers Committee in the Department.
My research program is focused on deriving valuable chemical intermediates, specialty products, and fuels from biological sources. To do this, we focus in the areas of metabolic engineering, systems biology, and synthetic biology. We are primarily concerned with enzymatic conversion of biological feedstocks (including photosynthesis) and are developing new technologies in the following areas: (i) metabolic engineering in silico using genome-scale models, (ii) RNA regulation, (iii) genomic library enrichment, (iv) synthetic metabolic pathways, (v) synthetic regulatory circuits, and (vi) cellular phenotype identification and molecular imaging using Raman spectroscopy.
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