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Our lab is interested in biomolecular engineering for applications in bioenergy and medicine. Our research themes include genome mining for new bioactive small molecule and enzyme discovery, understanding the intriguing enzymology and programming rules underlying natural product biosynthesis, designing pathways toward combinatorial natural product biosynthesis and biofuel production, probing the activity and/or function of natural products, and developing new research toolkits to promote the aforementioned research. Our approach combines principles in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemical biology, protein engineering, and metabolic engineering. Read more...

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We are currently accepting graduate student and postdoc applications. more...

News & Events

February 23, 2016
Wenjun has been selected as a 2016 Sloan Research Fellow. more...

January 26, 2016
Wenjun will give the Paul Saltman lecture at the 2016 Metals in Biology Gordon Conference.

October 6, 2015
Wenjun has won an NIH New Innovator Award. more...

June 2, 2015
Joyce has been selected as a 2015 CCRC Fellow.

May 15, 2015
Our NCB paper has been selected as one of the journal's "Greatest hits."

May 14, 2015
Wenjun has been selected as a 2015 Hellman Fellow.

Wenjun has been appointed to the Charles R. Wilke Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering for 2014 through 2017.

July 30, 2012
Chemistry welcomes Prof. Zhang. more...

Jun 14, 2012
Prof. Zhang receives prestigious Pew Scholars award.