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Peng Xu is an Associate professor of Guangdong-Technion Chemical Engineering program, Israel Institute of Technology. Prior to his position at Technion, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering at University of Maryland Baltimore County from 2016 to 2020. He obtained the BS and MS degree in Biochemical Engineering from Jiangnan University, the PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2013) and completed his postdoc training in the Stephanopoulos lab at MIT (2016).  Dr. Xu has received a number of awards and recognitions, including the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (2012), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award (2018), the Biotechnology & Bioengineering (B&B) Daniel IC Wang Award (2020).

 Dr. Xu served in the editorial board for the journal Metabolic Engineering (IF = 7.3) and the journal Current Opinion in Biotechnology (IF = 8.3). He has published more than 65 journal articles with a google scholar citation of 3550 and an H-index of 28, on world-leading journals including Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications, Nature Chemical Biology, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Trends in Biotechnology, Metabolic Engineering, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Current Opinion in Biotechnology and ACS Synthetic Biology 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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