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Professor Huimin Zhao, PhD

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Date(s) - 04/18/2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

416 Dougherty Engineering Building


Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Seminar

picture of ZhaoSteven L. Miller Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Bioengineering
Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL


“Synthetic Biology: A New Engine for the Third Wave of Biotechnology”

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 and particularly has become a powerful engine for the exponential growth of the industrial biotechnology industry. In this talk, I will briefly discuss the challenges and opportunities in synthetic biology and highlight our recent work in the development and application of novel foundational synthetic biology tools. Specifically, I will introduce the Illinois Biological Foundry for Advanced Biomanufacturing (iBioFAB) that we have been establishing and discuss its potential biotechnological applications such as development of high throughput genome-editing tools, large-scale discovery of novel natural products for drug discovery, and automated cellular engineering of microbial factories for production of chemicals and fuels.

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