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Peng Xu, associate professor of Chemical Engineering at Guangdong-Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Dr. Xu obtained his BS/MS from Jiangnan University, and PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, completed his postdoc training in the Stephanopoulos lab at MIT, was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at University of Maryland from 2106 to 2020. He served on the editorial board for the journal Current Opinion in Biotechnology and Metabolic Engineering and is the associate editor for Process Biochemistry. As independent PI in the US, his lab was funded by National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and National Institute of Health (NIH). He has received the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Aboard, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award, Biotechnology & Bioengineering Daniel IC Wang Award and Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award. His research covers metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, intelligent control, green manufacturing and biochemical engineering et al

Research Interests

  • Chemical biology, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology
  • Feedback control theory, gene circuits and bio-intelligent design
  • Bio-computing based on biochemical reaction network
  • Yeast genome engineering and genome evolution
  • Natural product synthesis and human/animal gut health
  • C1/C2 feedstock utilization

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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