Plants’ complex secondary metabolism and autotrophic nature make them superb platforms for engineering the production of high-value products; other products are better-suited to production in microbes. Therefore, we develop different synthetic biology approaches and chassis for biomanufacturing of different high-value target products, including select chemicals and pharmaceuticals for applications in agriculture and medicine.

In our lab, we use CRISPR-Cas based engineering, directed evolution, synthetic biology, molecular biology, molecular virology, biochemistry, and nanomaterials approaches to engineer genomes for improved traits and biomanufacturing.