Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
I'm a PhD candidate in Dr. Stephen Fong's Systems Biological Engineering Laboratory at VCU in Richmond, VA. My graduate work has been focused on developing genetic parts to control transcription. I am also actively developing synthetic biology educational material. Please feel free to email me. 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
- McArthur GH 4th, Gowen CM and Fong SS. (2011). Modulating gene expression with designed UP elements. In preparation.
- McArthur GH 4th and Fong SS. (2010). Toward engineering synthetic microbial metabolism. J. Biomed. Biotechnol. doi:10.1155/2010/459760.
- 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
Education & Training
Imperial College London · London, UK · 2011 — 2012
- Whitaker International Fellow · Synthetic Biology
Virginia Commonwealth University · Richmond, VA · 2008 — 2013
- Ph.D. · Chemical Engineering (in progress)
- M.S. · Chemical Engineering
University of Virginia · Charlottesville, VA · 2002 — 2008
- B.S. · Chemical Engineering with a Concentration in Biotechnology
- Advised by Erik Fernandez
- B.A. · Music
- Minor · Biology