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[[Image:George McArthur IV - Bayer Lab.JPG|thumb|225px|left|George McArthur, Whitaker International Fellow at Imperial College London]]
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'''''Imagination is more important than knowledge.''''' <br />
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My graduate research is being carried out in the [http://systemsbiology.vcu.edu laboratory of Steve Fong] at VCU in Richmond, VA and in the [http://bayerlab.com/index.html laboratory of Travis Bayer] at Imperial College London in the UK, where I am a Whitaker International Fellow.  I am working on developing tools for controlling gene expression in bacteria for metabolic engineering applications.  In addition, I am actively developing synthetic biology educational material.  Please feel free to [mailto:mcarthurgh@vcu.edu email me].  My research interests include:
 
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My research broadly includes developing innovative tools and approaches for engineering microbes for biosensing and for the production of chemicals and materials.  This is made possible largely by significant advances in computational, systems and synthetic biology.  I earned a BS 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 with [http://bayerlab.com/ Travis Bayer] (synthetic biology) at Imperial College London, where I was a Whitaker International Fellow, and with [http://www.systemsbiology.vcu.edu/ Steve Fong] at Virginia Commonwealth University (chemical engineering) where I earned my PhD in 2013. In addition to my research, I develop material for biology and biotechnology curricula.  My research interests include:
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'''Virginia Commonwealth University ·''' ''Richmond, VA'' '''·''' 2008 — 2013
'''Virginia Commonwealth University ·''' ''Richmond, VA'' '''·''' 2008 — 2013
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*Ph.D. '''·''' Chemical and Biological Engineering (in progress)
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*Ph.D. '''·''' Chemical and Biological Engineering
**Advised by Stephen S. Fong
**Advised by Stephen S. Fong
*M.S. '''·''' Chemical Engineering
*M.S. '''·''' Chemical Engineering
'''University of Virginia ·''' ''Charlottesville, VA'' '''·''' 2002 — 2008
'''University of Virginia ·''' ''Charlottesville, VA'' '''·''' 2002 — 2008
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*B.S. '''·''' Chemical Engineering
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*B.S. '''·''' Chemical Engineering, Music, Biology minor
**Advised by Erik J. Fernandez and Jason A. Papin
**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==
==Publications==
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*McArthur GH 4th, Gowen CM and Fong SS. (2011). '''Modulating gene expression with designed UP elements'''. In preparation.
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*'''G.H. McArthur IV''', J.C. Anderson and S.S. Fong. (2013). Modulating bacterial gene expression with synthetic extended promoters. ''In preparation''.
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*McArthur GH 4th and Fong SS. (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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*A.B. Fisher, Z.B. Canfield, L.C. Hayward, S.S. Fong and '''G.H. McArthur IV'''. (2013) [http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fbioe.2013.00012/abstract ''ex vivo'' DNA assembly]. ''Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol.''
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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 - Orthogonal and tunable expression of metabolic pathways, Synthetic Biology 6.0. Imperial College, London, UK, 9-11 July 2013
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*Poster - Predictable gene expression using extended promoters and orthogonal cellular machinery, Cell Factories and Biosustainability. Favrholm, Copenhagen, DK, 5-8 May 2013
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*Poster - The development of a genetically encoded, function-based taxol biosensor, Metabolic Engineering IX. Biarritz, FR, 3-7 June 2012
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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
*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 (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, BIOFAB 2010 Community Meeting, 19-20 July 2010, Emeryville, CA
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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
*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
*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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*Talk - [http://tv.theiet.org/technology/electronics/1199.cfm The Virginia Genetically Engineered Machine Team], BioSysBio 2008, 20-22 April 2008, Imperial College, 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
*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
*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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==Development of Courses and Educational Programs==
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I am the founder of the iGEM teams at the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University.  In addition, I have developed undergraduate and graduate courses in synthetic biology.
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===Courses===
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*Spring 2008, University of Virginia - [[CHE.496/2008| ''Biological Systems Design'']]
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*Fall 2009, Virginia Commonwealth University - [[VCU/Courses/Synthetic Biology Fundamentals| ''Synthetic Biology Fundamentals'']]
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*[http://2008.igem.org/Team:Virginia University of Virginia 2008]
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*[http://2009.igem.org/Team:Virginia_Commonwealth Virginia Commonwealth University 2009]
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*[http://openwetware.org/wiki/Virginia_United/2010 Virginia United 2010]
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*[http://2011.igem.org/Team:VCU Virginia Commonwealth University 2011]
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*[http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=4051 "Students Advance Synthetic Biology Research at U.Va. (Jan. 2008)]
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*[http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=7770 "Ambitious Undergraduate Research Breaks New Ground" (Feb. 2009)]
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*[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/22/AR2009102204628.html "New works of science nonfiction: U-Va. students are using 'BioBricks' to try to build an original life form" (Oct. 2009)]
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*[http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=10310 "U.Va. Team Strikes Gold in Genetically Engineered Machine Competition" (Nov. 2009)]
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*[http://www.uvamagazine.org/features/article/reinventing_life/ "Reinventing Life: The Strange and Wondrous Science of Biological Technology" (UVa, Spring 2010)]
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*[https://www.vbi.vt.edu/public_relations/press_releases/virginia_united_igem_team "Virginia United undergraduate iGEM team to compete in synthetic biology competition" (May 2010)]
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*[http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/06/2010-445.html "Virginia Tech undergraduates join Virginia United iGEM team for national synthetic biology competition" (June 2010)]
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*[http://www.news.vcu.edu/news/VCU_to_participate_in_a_fourschool_coalition_to_tackle_competitive "VCU to Participate in a Four-School Coalition to Tackle Competitive iGEM Competition" (July 2010)]
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*[http://blogs.hsc.edu/biology/2010/11/03/vcu-synthetic-biology-team-leaders-visit-h-sc/ "VCU synthetic biology team leaders visit H-SC" (Nov. 2010)]
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*[http://www.news.vcu.edu/news/VCU_to_participate_in_a_fourschool_coalition_to_tackle_competitive "Virginia Team Wins Bronze Medal in Genetically Engineered Machines Competition" (Dec. 2010)]

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George McArthur IV

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

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



My research broadly includes developing innovative tools and approaches for engineering microbes for biosensing and for the production of chemicals and materials. This is made possible largely by significant advances in computational, systems and synthetic biology. I earned a BS 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 with Travis Bayer (synthetic biology) at Imperial College London, where I was a Whitaker International Fellow, and with Steve Fong at Virginia Commonwealth University (chemical engineering) where I earned my PhD in 2013. In addition to my research, I develop material for biology and biotechnology curricula. 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
    • Advised by Stephen S. Fong
  • M.S. · Chemical Engineering

University of Virginia · Charlottesville, VA · 2002 — 2008

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


Publications


Presentations

  • Poster - Orthogonal and tunable expression of metabolic pathways, Synthetic Biology 6.0. Imperial College, London, UK, 9-11 July 2013
  • Poster - Predictable gene expression using extended promoters and orthogonal cellular machinery, Cell Factories and Biosustainability. Favrholm, Copenhagen, DK, 5-8 May 2013
  • Poster - The development of a genetically encoded, function-based taxol biosensor, Metabolic Engineering IX. Biarritz, FR, 3-7 June 2012
  • 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, 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


Development of Courses and Educational Programs

I am the founder of the iGEM teams at the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, I have developed undergraduate and graduate courses in synthetic biology.

Courses


iGEM Teams


Press

Personal tools