New Yeast Platforms for Chemical & Fuels Production
Microbial diversity is only beginning to be explored. In the Young Lab, we engineer non-model microbes that have interesting metabolic networks but have limited tools.
New Parts and Functions
Parts-based synthetic biology is the foundation on which predictable organism engineering is built. In the Young Lab, we develop new parts where needed functions are missing.
Detection of Engineered Organisms
Engineered organisms are proprietary and carry a risk of release. We work to develop technology that detects engineering signatures, with the goal of managing risk and protecting trade secrets. Covered in the Worcester Telegram.
Biologically Synthesized Materials
Natural biological materials are beautiful, useful structures. In the Young Lab, we collaborate within WPI to engineer organisms to produce novel materials for biomedical applications.
Membrane Protein Engineering
Membrane proteins are essential components of biological membranes, facilitating interaction with the environment, energy production, and efficient compartmentalization. In the Young Lab, we engineer membrane proteins that are involved in import, export, and signaling.