Eric Young, PhD
Department of Chemical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The collapse in DNA synthesis cost and well as advances in modular and scarless DNA assembly enables unprecedented speed and accuracy of cloning. I will cover modern DNA assembly methods used in my lab, how they enable construction of massively parallel pathway and promoter libraries, and the implications this has for engineering host organisms for pharmaceutical and biomaterial synthesis.
Eric M. Young is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at WPI. His goal is to understand and engineer novel microbial systems that improve the human condition. Microbes have vital ecological roles, such as decomposing wood, as well as industrial roles, such as the synthesis of medicines and fermented products like penicillin or wine. Dr. Young is exploring these industrial organisms; tuning their unique biology to for purposes like making new medicines or biomaterials. This interdisciplinary research spans the fields of metabolic engineering, protein engineering, synthetic biology, and bioinformatics. Dr. Young completed his doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin. He went on to do postdoctoral research at MIT. Dr. Young received undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono.