Gouchang Zhang

| | University of Illinois

Guochang Zhang is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois. His research is focused on metabolic engineering of microorganisms to produce biofuels and chemicals from renewable biomass. Zhang’s research aims to identify, characterize, and engineer beneficial genetic strands to make the productions of target products, such as biofuels, more efficient. For RIPE, he will bring his perspective on metabolic engineering to the table, which will help evaluate designed metabolic pathways using photosynthetic algae as a model.

Zhang received his master’s degree in biochemical engineering from Tianjin University and then went on to earn his doctorate degree. He has also previously held a postdoctoral position at Illinois working on yeast metabolic engineering. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Chemical Biology.