Welcome to The Zhang Group

We are specialized in biomolecular engineering, synthetic biology, and metabolic engineering. Our goal is to create artificial biosystems that nature has not evolved, and use them to turn microbial cells into microfactories for the efficient production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and other value-added chemicals. We are also interested in developing similar systems to solve environmental problems and to understand complex biology systems.

Currently, there are several positions opening for highly motivated students and postdocs. Please send emails to fzhang@seas.wustl.edu if you are interested.



  • Feb, 2015, Dr. Zhang published an editorial and edited a special issue titled "Circuits in Metabolic Engineering" on ACS Synthetic Biology.

  • Dec, 2014, Dr. Zhang received the prestigious NSF CAREER Award.

  • Nov, 2014, our work was highlighted in FOX 2 NEWS.

  • Sept, 2014, Gayle presented a poster at the DARPA meeting in Washington DC with the title of "Expanding the biosynthetic capability of E. coli to produce branched-chain fatty acids".

  • Sept, 2014, Di gave a talk at the SynBERC meeting in Boston with the title of "Engineering metabolic control circuits to improve fatty acid production".

  • Sept, 2014, Gayle presented a poster at the Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis Retreat with the title of "Towards microbial production of isooctane".

  • Aug, 2014, Yu has successfully defended his master thesis. Congratulations to his graduation!

  • Jul, 2014, Di has presented a poster at the SIMB Annual Meeting with the title "Negative feedback regulation of fatty acid production based on a malonyl-CoA sensor-actuator".

  • Jul, 2014, Dr. Kenneth Wickiser from West Point visited our lab. His students Matthew McClenathan and Nahm-Doug Kim will spend two weeks in our lab learning our technology, welcome!

  • Jun, 2014, Dr. Yanfang Jiang started her new position as a scientist in Monsanto Co. Wish her the best in her career!

  • Apr, 2014, Po-Cheng has officially jointed the lab as a graduate student. He will be co-advised by Prof. Pakrasi and Prof. Zhang. Welcome!

  • Di has successfully defended her PhD proposal in Feb 2014 and presented a poster in the Spring SynBERC retreat.

  • Jan, 2014, Po-Cheng Lin and Carlos Barba jointed the lab. Welcome!

  • Dec, 2013, Di's first research paper was accepted for publication by ACS Synthetic Biology. Congratulations Di, your hard work paid off!

  • Dec, 2013, Gayle Bentley, Christopher Bowen and Wen Jiang jointed the lab as Ph.D students. Dr. Yanfang Jiang joined us as research associate. Welcome!

  • Aug, 2013, Dr. Zhang reveived the prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award.

  • Aug, 2013, Read our story in engineering cyanobacteria in the engineering news!

  • Aug, 2013, the Lab has been awarded a NSF grant for engineering cyanobacteria to fix nitrogen. Check the news at the NSF website!

  • Aug, 2013, Check out Di's review paper at Frontiers in Microbiology.

  • May-July, 2013. Sara Glade (NSF REU student) and Diana Veit (undergraduate student from University of Notre Dame) have finished their summer project. Let's wish them all the best with their futher career!

  • May, 2013, Dr. Zhang received the 2013 ORAU Ralph E Powe Jonior Faculty Enhancement Awards. Congratulation! More information can be found here (click).

  • May, 2013, Andrea Balassy joined the lab as Ph.D students. Welcome!

  • Jan, 2013, Varun Krishnamurthy won the McKelvey Award. Congratulations!

  • Jan, 2013, Daniel Moynihan, Phil Montogomery, and Varun Krishnamurthy joined the lab as undergraduate students. Welcome!

  • Jan, 2013, We have Dr. Yi Xiao, Chad Schaber, Allison Hoynes-O'Connor, and Charlie McIntosh joining the lab as rotation students. Welcome!


Fuzhong Zhang
Assistant Professor


2014 NSF CAREER Award

2013 DARPA Young Faculty Award

2013 ORAU Junior Faculty Award