Energy Research at the University of Washington

James Carothers

Energy Research Area: Designing synthetic biological systems to produce renewable chemicals and fuels

Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering

We create new genetic technologies for producing renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels from engineered microbes. In our work, we combine computational design and large-scale experimental analysis to develop genetic control systems for synthetic biology. Our goal is to dramatically reduce the difficulty and cost of engineering biology to solve global energy problems.

Schematic of a genetic control system designed to program production of an industrially-important vinyl aromatic from an engineered metabolic pathway in bacteria.
Schematic of a genetic control system designed to program production of an industrially-important vinyl aromatic from an engineered metabolic pathway in bacteria.

Record last updated on October 1st 2014 PDT.