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George H. McArthur IV, Ph.D. student,  Virginia Commonwealth University<br>
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[[Image:George McArthur IV - Bayer Lab.JPG|thumb|225px|left|George McArthur, Whitaker Fellow at Imperial College London]]
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'''''Imagination is more important than knowledge.''''' <br />
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'''''Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.''''' <br />
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- Einstein <br />
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'''''Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.''''' – ''Einstein''
 
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My research is focused on the development of genetically encoded molecular devices to control the expression and activity of metabolic pathways in microbes.  This is made possible largely by significant advances in computational, systems and synthetic biology.  I earned a B.S. in 2008 from the University of Virginia where I studied music, chemical engineering and biology and was mentored by Erik Fernandez (Chemical Engineering) and Jason Papin (Biomedical Engineering).  I carried out my graduate research in the laboratories of Steve Fong (Chemical & Biological Engineering) at Virginia Commonwealth University and Travis Bayer (Synthetic Biology) at Imperial College London, where I was a Whitaker Fellow, and expect to earn my PhD from VCU in May 2013.  In addition to my research, I am actively developing education material for engineering and biotechnology.  My research interests include:
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Welcome! I'm a third-year doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA and a member of Dr. Stephen Fong's [[Fong| ''Systems Biological Engineering Laboratory'']] in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering. Currently, I am working on designing and characterizing genetic components useful for controlling transcription and translation in ''Escherichia coli''.  In the near future, I hope to apply this work toward metabolic pathway engineering.  I am also actively developing synthetic biology educational material.  Please feel free to [mailto:mcarthurgh@vcu.edu email me].
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*Orthogonal gene expression
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*Artificial gene networks
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*Synthetic metagenomics
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*Genome organization, refactoring & design
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*Metabolic, organellar & enzyme engineering
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*Genome-scale, single-cell characterization
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==Education & Training==
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'''Imperial College London ·''' ''London, UK'' '''·''' 2011 — 2012
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*Whitaker International Fellow '''·''' Bioengineering
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**Advised by Travis S. Bayer
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'''Virginia Commonwealth University ·''' ''Richmond, VA'' '''·''' 2008 — 2013
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*Ph.D. '''·''' Chemical and Biological Engineering (in progress)
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**Advised by Stephen S. Fong
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*M.S. '''·''' Chemical Engineering
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'''University of Virginia ·''' ''Charlottesville, VA'' '''·''' 2002 — 2008
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*B.S. '''·''' Chemical Engineering
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**Advised by Erik J. Fernandez and Jason A. Papin
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*B.A. '''·''' Music
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*Minor '''·''' Biology
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==Publications==
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*G.H. McArthur 4th and S.S. Fong. (2013). Modulating gene expression with designed UP elements. In preparation.
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*M. Montague, G.H. McArthur 4th, C.S. Cockell, J. Held, W. Marshall, L.A. Sherman, N. Wang, W.L. Nicholoson, D. Tarjan and J. Cumbers. (2012). [http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/ast.2012.0829 The role of synthetic biology for in situ resource utilization (ISRU)]. ''Astrobiology''.
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*G.H. McArthur 4th and S.S. Fong. (2010). [http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jbb/2010/459760.abs.html Toward engineering synthetic microbial metabolism]. ''J. Biomed. Biotechnol.'' doi:10.1155/2010/459760.
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==Presentations==
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*Poster - An orthogonal transcription platform for fine-tuning gene expression, Synthetic Biology 5.0. Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 15-17 June 2011.
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*Poster (invited) - A synthetic platform for controlling gene expression, Workshop: What are the potential roles of synthetic biology in NASA's mission?, 30-31 October 2010, NASA Ames Center, Moffett Field, CA
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*Poster - Modulating gene expression in ''Escherichia coli'' with synthetic UP elements, BIOFAB 2010 Community Meeting, 19-20 July 2010, Emeryville, CA
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*Poster - Modulating gene expression in ''Escherichia coli'' with synthetic UP elements, ASM 2010, 23-27 May 2010, San Diego, CA
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*Poster - ''Chlamydomonas reinhardtii'' as a photosynthetic cellular chassis and power supply for synthetic biological systems, BioSysBio 2009, 23-25 March 2009, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
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*Poster - ''Chlamydomonas reinhardtii'' as a platform for the direct photosynthesis of advanced biofuels, Institute of Biological Engineering 2009 annual meeting, 19-22 March 2009, Santa Clara, CA
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*Poster - A bottom-up approach to synthetic biology education: From iGEM teams to undergraduate curricula, Synthetic Biology 4.0, 10-12 October 2008, HKUST, Hong Kong, China
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*Talk - [http://tv.theiet.org/technology/electronics/1199.cfm The Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine Team], BioSysBio 2008, 20-22 April 2008, Imperial College London, London, UK
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*Poster - Harvesting cellulose and light to power butanol biosynthesis: A synthetic biology approach to metabolic engineering, Institute of Biological Engineering 2008 annual meeting, 6-9 March 2008, Chapel Hill, NC
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*Talk/poster - Harvesting cellulose and light to power butanol biosynthesis: A synthetic biology approach to metabolic engineering, iGEM 2007, 3-4 November 2007, MIT, Cambridge, MA
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*McArthur GH 4th, Gowen CM and Fong SS. (2010). '''Modulating gene expression with designed UP elements'''. In preparation.
 
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*McArthur GH 4th and Fong SS. (2009). [http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jbb/2010/459760.abs.html '''Toward engineering synthetic microbial metabolism''']. ''J. Biomed. Biotechnol.'' doi:10.1155/2010/459760.
 
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*Poster (invited) - '''A synthetic platform for controlling gene expression''', Workshop: What are the potential roles of synthetic biology in NASA's mission?, 30-31 October 2010, NASA Ames Center, Moffett Field, CA
 
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*Poster - '''Modulating gene expression in ''Escherichia coli'' with synthetic UP elements''', BIOFAB 2010 Community Meeting, 19-20 July 2010, Emeryville, CA
 
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*Poster - '''Modulating gene expression in ''Escherichia coli'' with synthetic UP elements''', ASM 2010, 23-27 May 2010, San Diego, CA
 
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*Poster - '''''Chlamydomonas reinhardtii'' as a photosynthetic cellular chassis and power supply for synthetic biological systems''', BioSysBio 2009, 23-25 March 2009, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
 
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*Poster - '''''Chlamydomonas reinhardtii'' as a platform for the direct photosynthesis of advanced biofuels''', Institute of Biological Engineering 2009 annual meeting, 19-22 March 2009, Santa Clara, CA
 
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*Poster - '''A bottom-up approach to synthetic biology education: From iGEM teams to undergraduate curricula''', [http://sb4.biobricks.org/ Synthetic Biology 4.0], 10-12 October 2008, HKUST, Hong Kong, China
 
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*Talk - [http://tv.theiet.org/technology/electronics/1199.cfm '''The Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine Team'''], BioSysBio 2008, 20-22 April 2008, Imperial College London, London, UK
 
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*Poster - '''Harvesting cellulose and light to power butanol biosynthesis: A synthetic biology approach to metabolic engineering''', Institute of Biological Engineering 2008 annual meeting, 6-9 March 2008, Chapel Hill, NC
 
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*Talk/poster - '''Harvesting cellulose and light to power butanol biosynthesis: A synthetic biology approach to metabolic engineering''', [http://parts.mit.edu/igem07/index.php/Main_Page iGEM 2007], 3-4 November 2007, MIT, Cambridge, MA
 
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Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
 
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*Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, 2009-present
 
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**Advised by Stephen Fong
 
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*M.S. in Chemical Engineering, 2008-2009
 
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University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
 
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*B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a Concentration in Biotechnology, University of Virginia, 2002-2008
 
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**Advised by Erik Fernandez
 
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*B.A. in Music, University of Virginia, 2002-2008
 

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George McArthur IV

George McArthur, Whitaker Fellow at Imperial College London
George McArthur, Whitaker Fellow at Imperial College London

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
- Einstein



My research is focused on the development of genetically encoded molecular devices to control the expression and activity of metabolic pathways in microbes. This is made possible largely by significant advances in computational, systems and synthetic biology. I earned a B.S. in 2008 from the University of Virginia where I studied music, chemical engineering and biology and was mentored by Erik Fernandez (Chemical Engineering) and Jason Papin (Biomedical Engineering). I carried out my graduate research in the laboratories of Steve Fong (Chemical & Biological Engineering) at Virginia Commonwealth University and Travis Bayer (Synthetic Biology) at Imperial College London, where I was a Whitaker Fellow, and expect to earn my PhD from VCU in May 2013. In addition to my research, I am actively developing education material for engineering and biotechnology. My research interests include:

  • Orthogonal gene expression
  • Artificial gene networks
  • Synthetic metagenomics
  • Genome organization, refactoring & design
  • Metabolic, organellar & enzyme engineering
  • Genome-scale, single-cell characterization


Education & Training

Imperial College London · London, UK · 2011 — 2012

  • Whitaker International Fellow · Bioengineering
    • Advised by Travis S. Bayer

Virginia Commonwealth University · Richmond, VA · 2008 — 2013

  • Ph.D. · Chemical and Biological Engineering (in progress)
    • Advised by Stephen S. Fong
  • M.S. · Chemical Engineering

University of Virginia · Charlottesville, VA · 2002 — 2008

  • B.S. · Chemical Engineering
    • Advised by Erik J. Fernandez and Jason A. Papin
  • B.A. · Music
  • Minor · Biology


Publications


Presentations

  • Poster - An orthogonal transcription platform for fine-tuning gene expression, Synthetic Biology 5.0. Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 15-17 June 2011.
  • Poster (invited) - A synthetic platform for controlling gene expression, Workshop: What are the potential roles of synthetic biology in NASA's mission?, 30-31 October 2010, NASA Ames Center, Moffett Field, CA
  • Poster - Modulating gene expression in Escherichia coli with synthetic UP elements, BIOFAB 2010 Community Meeting, 19-20 July 2010, Emeryville, CA
  • Poster - Modulating gene expression in Escherichia coli with synthetic UP elements, ASM 2010, 23-27 May 2010, San Diego, CA
  • Poster - Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a photosynthetic cellular chassis and power supply for synthetic biological systems, BioSysBio 2009, 23-25 March 2009, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  • Poster - Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a platform for the direct photosynthesis of advanced biofuels, Institute of Biological Engineering 2009 annual meeting, 19-22 March 2009, Santa Clara, CA
  • Poster - A bottom-up approach to synthetic biology education: From iGEM teams to undergraduate curricula, Synthetic Biology 4.0, 10-12 October 2008, HKUST, Hong Kong, China
  • Talk - The Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine Team, BioSysBio 2008, 20-22 April 2008, Imperial College London, London, UK
  • Poster - Harvesting cellulose and light to power butanol biosynthesis: A synthetic biology approach to metabolic engineering, Institute of Biological Engineering 2008 annual meeting, 6-9 March 2008, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Talk/poster - Harvesting cellulose and light to power butanol biosynthesis: A synthetic biology approach to metabolic engineering, iGEM 2007, 3-4 November 2007, MIT, Cambridge, MA




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