Leveraging Synthetic Biology in Biorenewables

The advent of synthetic biology has revolutionized our ability to discover and construct new biosynthetic pathways and engineer platform organisms or so called microbial factories to produce a wide variety of value-added products. Our laboratory focuses on engineering individual microorganisms as well as microbial consortia to address critical issues in energy sustainability and chemical production.


  • Welcome Le Zhao

    Sep 01, 2013
    Le received her B.S. from Tsinghua University in 2011. She is a CBE PhD candidate, co-advised by Prof. Jacqueline Shanks.
  • Welcome Laurel Limaye and Korey Gramenz

    July 01, 2013
    Laurel and Korey are CBE senior students and feel very interested in Biorenewables research.
  • Funding support from PSI

    Mar 16, 2013
    The group received a funding support from ISU Plant Sciences Institute Biochemical Separations Initiative (Collaborate with Cochran Group, 2013-2016)
  • Welcome Dr. Mingfeng Cao

    Mar 01, 2013
    Mingfeng received his Ph.D. from Nankai University in 2011. After graduation, he worked as a research scientist in Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology prior to joining our group as a postdoctoral research fellow.
  • Welcome Miguel Suastegui

    Jan 01, 2013
    Miguel received his B.S. from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in 2012. He came to Iowa State in the Fall of 2012 as a graduate student in CBE.
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    January 01, 2013
    Dr. Zengyi Shao joined Iowa State University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) as an assistant professor. She is also affiliated with the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) and Interdepartmental Microbiology Program.