About Us

Our group works at the intersection of biology and engineering with a focus on microbial systems, particularly microbial communities, using systems biology and synthetic biology approaches. We aim to employ engineering tools and skills such as microfluidics and quantitative modeling to help unlock mysteries of complex natural microbial communities, especially those closely associated with environment and health issues (e.g. human microbiome). In parallel, we aim to exploit the design principles nature utilizes and develop synthetic microbial consortia to address critical needs faced by our society such as sustainable biofuel and chemical production.

Current Research