Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
My graduate research is being carried out in the laboratory of Steve Fong at VCU in Richmond, VA and in the 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 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
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
- 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 - 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