Lab Openings

I am a faculty member of the EECE department and a member of Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.
I am looking for technicians, graduate students, and postdocs who are interested in Synthetic Biology.
Please send the application to:

Tae Seok Moon
Associate Professor
Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Dr. Box 1180
St. Louis, MO 63130
tsmoon@seas.wustl.edu

Please include the following:

  • Cover letter, including research and career interests (for postdoc positions)
  • CV
  • Preprints of publications (if listed on your CV, but not yet available)
  • Please have your PhD advisor send a letter of recommendation at the same time (for postdoc positions).

 

Prof. Moon expressed his opinion on discrimination in academia and embracing each other in an interview with St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a major regional newspaper based in St. Louis. Link

Solving many global problems relies on inspiring future scientists and engineers, and I have observed real-life stories demonstrating that education can impact society broadly. Since 2012 (as of March 2021), my lab has had full-time members with diverse backgrounds, including 9 female and 14 male members (including 1 African-American and 1 Zimbabwean). For example, Cheryl Immethun was a graduate student’s mother when she started her PhD experiments in 2012 (with her first BS degree in 1985). Her passion for educating others enabled her amazing journey, and she is currently doing postdoctoral work with her USDA fellowship. Tatenda Shopera is from Zimbabwe, his passion for contributing to the society enabled his adventure in US, and he was part of the Pfizer team that developed one of the first COVID-19 vaccines, making a big difference in the world. To advise these diverse members, I give them opportunities for exploring their own projects instead of assigning one.

Throughout my career in the biotechnology industry, I had contributed to societies by performing research, participating in the construction and operation of commercial-scale bioreactors, and providing patients with cheap and effective pharmaceuticals. However, I realized that I enjoy mentoring employees as a manager, and I found my passion for teaching. This realization made me return to academia, and I am eager to take responsibility for our future by creating an equitable and inclusive lab environment for diverse members.

     

News

2022

April

Professor Moon gave an invited talk at Joyn Bio, a sister company of Ginkgo Bioworks.

Professor Moon gave an invited talk at the BBTD seminar series in LLNL.

Prof. Moon gave a talk at the Build-a-Cell seminar. Link

Dr. Priya Mullick joins the Moon lab as a postdoc. Welcome!

Prof. Moon gave an invited seminar at the University of Florida.

Puneet Dhatt receives the 2022 McDonnell International Scholars Academy fellowship, congratulations!

Dr. Nazia Khatoon has a new family member! Baby girl, congrats!

Prof. Moon gave a talk at the ECI Microbial Engineering II Conference in Portugal.

March

Prof. Moon discusses and writes on SynBYSS, which has been published in Nature Chemical Biology. Link

Prof. Moon gave a talk at the 2022 Climate Conference organized by Battelle in Columbus, OH.

Dr. Nazia Khatoon joins the Moon lab as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome!

Prof. Moon serves as a Council Member of NSF ERVA’s Standing Council. Link

Jinjin, Chenggang, and Prof. Moon gave 4 talks at the 2022 ACS Spring conference.

Matt Amrofell & Dr. Manna individually get married! Congrats! Two more couples!

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at Reliance Industries Limited seminar.

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at Microbiology and Immunology Department Seminar, University of British Columbia.

February

The Moon lab receives a grant from JGI, Department of Energy, which allows the lab to discover and engineer new plastic degrading enzymes.

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at MIT and Harvard microbiome researchers’ meeting.

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at Biomedical Engineering Department Seminar, University of North Texas.

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at Integrated DNA Technologies seminar.

Bingdi Liu & Yuefeng Ma join the lab as PhD students, welcome!

Austin and Prof. Moon are featured by BioSpace. Link

Prof. Moon coauthored a paper on biosecurity and COVID research with EBRC members “Making Security Viral: Shifting engineering biology culture and publishing” Link

Prof. Moon gave an invited seminar at the Chemistry Department and NCERC of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Congrats, Austin, for his paper published in Nature Communications! Link | Press Release

January

Prof. Moon serves as a mentor for iGEM Mentors Network.

 

2021

December

Chemistry & Industry featured Dr. Moon and our neurochemical sensor development work published in Cell Systems. Link

Prof. Moon expressed his opinion on discrimination in academia and embracing each other in an interview with St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a major regional newspaper based in St. Louis. Link

Welcome, Yuxin Tian, Stephen Chiu & Nadiyah Alamri who join as PhD students!

Welcome, Dahlia Abdulsattar, Yuefeng Ma & Bingdi Liu who join as rotation students!

Prof. Moon chaired a radical paper review process workshop during which audiences can provide open comments on submitted papers.

Prof. Moon gave a keynote talk at the “Synthetic Biology as a Bioeconomy Prospect” workshop.

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at the 2nd International BioDesign Research Conference.

Prof. Moon gave a keynote talk at BIOS2021.

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at the Gogec conference.

Our paper “Engineering ligand-specific biosensors for aromatic amino acids and neurochemicals” was recommended by Faculty Opinions!

November

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk virtually in the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at the Technical University of Denmark.

Prof. Moon serves as an editorial member of Biomolecules (MDPI) & an editor of BioDesign Research journal (AAAS).

The high school iGEM team, which the Moon and Ling labs advised, received a Bronze medal. Congrats! Link

Prof. Moon serves as an editorial board member for two more journals: Metabolic Engineering Communications, Elsevier, and Synthetic Biology, Oxford University Press.

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at the AFCC Global Biobased Economy meeting.

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at Columbia University.

Moon gave an invited talk at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Congrats, Austin, Chenggang et al.! Our paper is published in Cell Systems! Link | Press Release

Austin gave a talk at the 2021 AIChE meeting.

Prof. Moon gave a seminar at MIT.

Prof. Moon gave a seminar at Boston University.

Prof. Moon gave 3 talks at the 2021 AIChE meeting.

Prof. Moon gives a talk at the 4th International Conference on Microbiome Engineering.

October

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at Reliance Industries Limited.

Gloria Zhou, Nadiyah Alamri, and Bojing Jiang join the Moon lab as Grad Rotation students! Welcome!

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk on the Nature Inspired & Biotechnology University Day at Doolittle Institute (AFRL).

Prof. Moon gave a keynote talk along with the plenary talks by Profs. Jim Collins, David Baker, Jay Keasling, Jens Nielsen et al. at the KSBB conference. Link

Prof. Moon gave a keynote talk with Chris Voigt et al. at the inaugural International Synthetic Biology & Biosecurity Conference in Uganda. Link

Prof. Moon gave a presentation at 4th International Conference on CRISPR Technologies.

September

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at Seoul National University.

Prof. Moon & the lab are featured at Voice of America. Link

Prof. Moon’s life story and work are featured in Student Life. Link

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at JBEI.

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at Central Synthetic Biology Workshop (Northwestern U).

Shri and Stephen join our lab as PhD rotation students. Welcome!

DOE features our plastic upcycling research on its page. Link

The Moon lab project is featured as the top story on 9/7 by UPI. Link

Prof. Moon gave a talk at the 2021 DOE JGI meeting.

August

Prof. Moon gave 4 talks at ACS.

Prof. Moon gave a presentation at the Cold Spring Harbor meeting (Genome Engineering: CRISPR Frontiers).

Prof. Moon is organizing SynBYSS with the kickoff on 8/26. See details under Education & Outreach. Link

Franklin Zhong joins as a Grad student. Welcome!

Andrew Martin joins as an undergrad student. Welcome!

The Moon lab receives a DOE grant for “Developing a consolidated biological process to upcycle plastics” starting September. Link

Prof. Moon visited MIT, Yale U, Boston U, Manus Bio, Synlogic, and Ginkgo to give an invited talk, discuss a startup opportunity, and collaborate.

Dr. Abhijit Manna joins as a postdoc scholar. Welcome!

Puneet Dhatt joins as a Grad student. Welcome!

July

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at an EPA workshop.

Prof. Moon gave an invited talk at Synlogic.

Prof. Moon serves as an iGEM Grant Committee Member.

EPA Region 7 Administrator Edward Chu visits the Moon lab to give the EPA grant to Prof. Moon and CoPI Kim Parker. Link Link Link

Prof. Moon serves as an MIT Educational Counselor, conducting interviews and writing interview reports for MIT Undergrad Admissions.

The Moon lab receives an EPA grant with CoPI Dr. Parker. Link

Prof. Moon & Dr. Diao give three presentations at Metabolic Engineering 14.

Prof. Moon serves as an Editorial Board Member for Biotechnology Notes.

Prof. Moon serves as a Special Issue Editor for BioDesign Research (AAAS). Link

June

Prof. Moon is chairing and organizing the inaugural Synthetic Biology Young Speaker Series (SynBYSS), a year-long or even longer, weekly event that consists of a short inspiring talk by a global thought or synthetic biology leader, followed by a long talk by a rising star in synthetic biology. See the advertisement under Education & Outreach.

The Moon lab is selected as the winner for the microbiology category of 2021 ATCC Photo Contest! Congrats! We received 1015 votes! See our winning photo under PEOPLE!

Professor Moon gave three presentations at the SEED conference.

Matt and Chenghao join the lab as PhD students. Welcome!

Moon Research Group receives a grant from DOD ONR for “Engineering microbes to control heat production.” Link

Professor Moon participated in 3 EBRC Roadmap Assessment Workshops.

Professor Moon is nominated to join the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) Council this fall. Link

Jordan and Joshua join the lab, Welcome!

May

Prof. Moon serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for ACS Synthetic Biology.

Our collaboration work with Prof. Parker is published. Link

Professor Moon gave a talk (virtually) at the USDA NIFA BRAG Meeting.

Austin gave a talk (virtually) at the EBRC Seminar Series.

April

Professor Moon gave a talk (virtually) at the spring EBRC meeting, regarding our neurochemical sensors (provisional patent application).

JinJin gave a poster presentation at the spring EBRC meeting, regarding muconate production using Rhodococcus.

Professor Moon gave an invited talk & a contributed talk (virtually) at the 43rd SIMB-SBFC conference, regarding plastic upcycling (provisional patent application) and lignin valorization.

Rhiannon gave a poster presentation at the 43rd Symposium on Biomaterials, Fuels and Chemicals (SIMB-SBFC) conference, regarding our improved CRISPR interference tool to engineer Rhodococcus opacus.

March

Congratulations to Drew et al. for their paper published:
DM DeLorenzo, J Diao, R Carr, Y Hu and TS Moon. An improved CRISPR interference tool to engineer Rhodococcus opacus. ACS Synth. Biol. Link

Yuxin Tian joined our lab as a rotation student. Welcome!

February

Our alum Tatenda Shopera is among the researchers who developed one of the first vaccines for COVID-19 at Pfizer! He is featured on the news! Link

January

Alden Filko, Matt Lima, and Xinyue Mu joined our lab as rotation students. Welcome all!

 

2020

December

Tatenda, our lab alum, is part of the Pfizer team that developed one of the first Covid-19 vaccines. We are proud of you, Tatenda! Link

November

Steven Vo joins the group as a PhD student. Welcome!

Cooper Hostetler joins the group as a Graduate Rotation student. Welcome!

October

Congrats, Matt! Matt will serve as the President of the EBRC Student and Postdoc Association starting November, 2020.

September

Steven Vo joins the group as a Graduate Rotation student. Welcome!

Moon Research Group receives a grant from United States Department of Agriculture for “Development of kill-switches for biocontainment of genetically engineered microbes.” Link

August

Professor Moon gave an invited talk (virtually) at Southern Illinois University (Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry Program Seminar Series).

Professor Moon gave an invited talk (virtually) at the Workshop on Biological Control Mechanisms (Army Research Laboratory).

June

Congratulations to Matt and Austin for their paper published: MB Amrofell, AG Rottinghaus and TS Moon. Engineering microbial diagnostics and therapeutics with smart control. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 66, 11-17. (2020) Link

May

Moon Research Group receives a grant from the National Science Foundation for “Unifying synthetic small regulatory RNAs.” Link

Congratulations to Kirsten for her paper published: K Davis and TS Moon. Tailoring microbes to upgrade lignin. Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol. 59, 23-29 (2020) Link

April

Drew receives a PhD Dissertation award. Congrats!

March

Our collaborative work was published: K Zhang, J Wei, K Huff Hartz, M Lydy, TS Moon, M Sander and KM Parker. Analysis of RNA interference (RNAi) biopesticides: double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) extraction from agricultural soils and quantification by RT-qPCR. Environ. Sci. Technol. 54, 4893−4902 (2020) Link

January

Our collaborative work was published: C Frankfater, WR Henson, A Juenger-Leif, M Foston, TS Moon, J Turk, JLF Kao, A Haas and F Hsu. Structural determination of a new peptidolipid family from Rhodococcus opacus and the pathogen Rhodococcus equi by multiple stage mass spectrometry. J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 31, 611−623 (2020) Link

Anastasiia Onyshchenko joins the group as a Graduate Rotation student. Welcome! 

 

2019

December

Congratulations to Austin and Matt for their paper accepted: AG Rottinghaus, MB Amrofell and TS Moon. Biosensing in smart engineered probiotics. Biotechnol. J. Link

Yifeng Hu and Chenggang Xi join the group as PhD students. Welcome!

September

Congratulations to Anamika & Drew for their paper accepted: A Chatterjee, DM DeLorenzo, R Carr and TS Moon. Bioconversion of renewable feedstocks by Rhodococcus opacus. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 64, 10-16 (2020) Link

Dr. Junyang Wang and Dr. Jinjin Diao join the group. Welcome!

Drew successfully defended his thesis. Congrats! Dr. DeLorenzo! We will miss you.

Yifeng Hu, Juya Jeon, and Chenggang Xi join the group as Graduate Rotation students. Welcome!

August

Dr. Kirsten Davis joins the group. Welcome!

Congratulations to Drew for his paper accepted: DM DeLorenzo and TS Moon. Construction of genetic logic gates based on the T7 RNA polymerase expression system in Rhodococcus opacus PD630. ACS Synth. Biol. 10.1021/acssynbio.9b00213 (2019) Link

Congratulations to Rhiannon for our collaborative work published: W Anthony, RR Carr, DM DeLorenzo, T Campbell, Z Shang, M Foston, TS Moon and G Dantas. Development of Rhodococcus opacus as a chassis for lignin valorization and bioproduction of high-value compounds. Biotechnol Biofuels. 12:192. (2019) Link

July

Dr. Soo-Jung Kim will start her new position as an assistant professor at Chonnam National University (Division of Food Technology, Biotechnology & Agrochemistry) in September. Congratulations to Prof. Kim!

Our collaborative work was published: GW Roell, R Carr, T Campbell, Z Shang, WR Henson, J Czajka, H Martin, F Zhang, M Foston, G Dantas, TS Moon and YJ Tang. A concerted systems biology analysis of phenol metabolism in Rhodococcus opacus PD630. Metab. Eng. 55, 120-130 (2019) Link

June

Kalion, Inc. receives an EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award for “Microbially Produced High-Purity Glucaric Acid for Diverse Uses” to which Professor Moon contributed as an inventor (PCT/US2009/002111) and the first author of the first Microbial Glucaric Acid Production paper (Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 75, 589-595 (2009)). For this initiating work, Professor Moon is recognized as one of the certificate winners. Congrats, Kalion, Inc.!

May

Cheryl Immethun (Moon lab alumnus, now at University of Nebraska) receives a 2019 USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations, Cheryl!

April

Drew wins the EECE Graduate Student Research Award! Congratulations, Drew!

Matt Amrofell receives a 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. Congratulations, Matt!

March

Professor Moon gave an invited talk (B&B DIC Wang Award Lecture) at the 2019 ACS Spring National Meeting.

Matt gave an oral presentation at the EBRC meeting at Boston University.

February

Congratulations to Soo-Jung and Matt for their paper accepted: SJ Kim, M Leong, MB Amrofell, YJ Lee and TS Moon. Modulating responses of toehold switches by an inhibitory hairpin. ACS Synth. Biol. Link

January

Dr. Hyojeong Yi joins the group. Welcome!

 

2018

December

Congratulations to Ray for his paper accepted: WR Henson, F Hsu, G Dantas, TS Moon and M Foston. Lipid metabolism of phenol tolerant Rhodococcus opacus strains for lignin bioconversion. Biotechnol Biofuels. 11:339 (2018) Link

Anamika joins the group as a PhD student. Welcome!

Congratulations to Young Je (Ryan), Soo-Jung and Matt for their paper accepted: YJ Lee, SJ Kim, MB Amrofell and TS Moon. Establishing a multivariate model for predictable antisense RNA-mediated repression. ACS Synth. Biol. Link

November

Professor Moon is selected to receive the 2019 B&B Daniel I.C. Wang Award. | Press Release

Drew gave a talk at the 2018 AIChE meeting.

August

Moon Research Group receives a grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Tunable therapeutic modulation of the gut microbiome by engineered probiotics” (RO1).

Professor Moon gave an invited talk at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL Summer Course).

Congratulations to Ray and Drew for their paper published: WR Henson, T Campbell, D DeLorenzo, Y Gao, B Berla, SJ Kim, M Foston, TS Moon and G Dantas. Multi-omic elucidation of aromatic catabolism in adaptively evolved Rhodococcus opacus. Metab. Eng. 49, 69–83 (2018) Link

July

Ryan successfully defended his thesis. Congrats! Dr. Lee! We will miss you.

Ray successfully defended his thesis. Congrats! Dr. Henson! We will miss you.

Professor Moon has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. Congrats!

June

Ye Eun “Grace” Park (from HKUST, Hong Kong) joins the group as an undergrad student. Welcome!

May

Ayush Agrawal (from IIT Bombay) joins the group as an undergrad student. Welcome!

Rhiannon Carr joins the group as a grad student. Welcome!

April

Tatenda wins the EECE Graduate Student Research Award! Congratulations, Tatenda!

Congratulations to Drew for his paper accepted: DM DeLorenzo and TS Moon. Selection of stable reference genes for RT-qPCR in Rhodococcus opacus PD630. Sci. Rep. 8:6019 (2018) Link

February

Congratulations to Young Je (Ryan) for his paper accepted: YJ Lee, SJ Kim and TS Moon. Multilevel regulation of bacterial gene expression with the combined STAR and antisense RNA system. ACS Synth. Biol. 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00322 Link

Congratulations to Drew for his paper accepted: DM DeLorenzo, AG Rottinghaus, WR Henson and TS Moon. Molecular toolkit for gene expression control and genome modification in Rhodococcus opacus PD630. ACS Synth. Biol. 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00416 Link

January

Congratulations to Young Je (Ryan) for his paper accepted: YJ Lee and TS Moon. Design rules of synthetic non-coding RNAs in bacteria. Methods. Link

 

2017

December

Matt joins the group as a PhD student. Welcome!

November

Matthew Cruz joins the group as a Graduate Rotation student. Welcome!

October

Professor Moon gave an invited seminar at Northwestern University.

Moon Research Group receives a grant from the Department of Energy for “Systems Engineering of Rhodococcus opacus to Enable Production of Drop-in Fuels from Lignocellulose.” Link

Drew is highlighted in ACS Synthetic Biology’s “Introducing Our Authors”. Link

Pengfei Gu & Yichao Han join the group as Graduate Rotation students. Welcome!

Professor Moon gave a talk at the 2017 AIChE meeting.

September

Ryan gave an oral presentation at the EBRC meeting at Georgia Tech. Drew also gave a poster presentation (with a 1 min Flash Talk).

Matt Amrofell joins the group as a Graduate Rotation student. Welcome!

August

Tatenda is highlighted in ACS Synthetic Biology’s “Introducing Our Authors”. Link

Moon Research Group receives a grant from the National Science Foundation for “Establishing a generalizable model for predictable antisense RNA repression.” Link

Congratulations to Drew for his paper accepted: DM DeLorenzo, WR Henson and TS Moon. Development of Chemical and Metabolite Sensors for Rhodococcus opacus PD630. ACS Synth. Biol. Accepted. DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00192 Link

Professor Moon gave a talk at the Synthetic Biology Gordon Research Conference, Stowe, VT. Link

July

Tatenda successfully defended his thesis. Congrat! Dr. Shopera! We will miss you.

June

Professor Moon gave a talk at the SEED conference (2017 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Link

May

Congratulations to Tatenda for his paper accepted: T Shopera, WR Henson and TS Moon. Dynamics of sequestration-based gene regulatory cascades. Nucleic Acids Res. DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkx465 Link

Graduation! Congrats to Caroline, Matthew, Taylor, and Blake! We wish you best of luck in graduate schools.

April

Congratulations to Tatenda for his paper accepted: T Shopera, L He, T Oyetunde, YJ Tang and TS Moon. Decoupling resource-coupled gene expression in living cells. ACS Synth. Biol. Accepted. DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00119 Link

Professor Moon contributes to a “Voices” piece for Cell Systems. TS Moon. What Is the Role of Circuit Design in the Advancement of Synthetic Biology? Cell Systems 4, 370-372 (with 8 other contributors). Link

Professor Moon gave an invited seminar at Arizona State University.

Congratulations to Matthew Leong for being named Chemistry’s Merck Award winner.

March

Dr. Soo-Jung Kim joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome!

Congratulations to Drew for his paper accepted: N Wan, DM DeLorenzo, L He, L You, CM Immethun, G Wang, EEK Baidoo, W Hollinshead, JD Keasling, TS Moon and YJ Tang. Cyanobacterial carbon metabolism: fluxome plasticity and oxygen dependence. Biotechnol. Bioeng. Accepted. DOI: 10.1002/bit.26287 (2017) Link

Congratulations to Allison for her paper accepted: A Hoynes-O’Connor, T Shopera, K Hinman, JP Creamer and TS Moon. Enabling Complex Genetic Circuits to Respond to Extrinsic Environmental Signals. Biotechnol. Bioeng. Accepted. DOI: 10.1002/bit.26279 (2017) Link

Congratulations to Cheryl for her paper accepted: CM Immethun, DM DeLorenzo, CM Focht, D Gupta, CB Johnson and TS Moon. Physical, Chemical, and Metabolic State Sensors Expand the Synthetic Biology Toolbox for Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Biotechnol. Bioeng. Accepted. DOI: 10.1002/bit.26275 (2017) Link

February

Professor Moon receives a 2017 Young Investigator Award from Office of Naval Research. Link

Professor Moon gave a talk at the DOE Genomic Sciences Program Meeting.

January

Professor Moon gave a talk at the 7th International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering.

 

2016

December

Allison’s paper is featured on the cover page of ACS Synth. Biol. (Volume 5, Issue 12)! Congrat! Link

Allison is highlighted in ACS Synthetic Biology’s “Introducing Our Authors”. Link

Austin joins the group as a PhD student. Welcome!

November

Allie successfully defended her thesis. Congrat! Dr. Hoynes-O’Connor! We will miss you.

Professor Moon gave two oral presentations at the 2016 AIChE meeting.

The WUSTL-PSU 2016 iGEM team received a silver medal at the iGEM Jamboree. Congrats to all members involved!

October

Cheryl successfully defended her thesis. Congrat! Dr. Immethun! We will miss you.

Ryan gave an oral presentation at the 2016 PMB retreat (A DBBS retreat at Tyson Research Center).

Professor Moon gave a talk in an ACS BIOT webinar.

September

Professor Moon gave an invited seminar at Virginia Tech.

Phillipe and Austin join the lab as graduate rotation students! Welcome everyone!

August

Professor Moon gave an invited seminar at Saint Louis University.

July

Professor Moon gave a talk at the SEED conference (the Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design), Chicago, IL. Link

Congratulations to Allison for her paper accepted: A Hoynes-O’Connor and TS Moon. Development of design rules for reliable antisense RNA behavior in E. coli. ACS Synth. Biol. Accepted. DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.6b00036 (2016) Link

Professor Moon gave an invited talk at the 2016 Metabolic Engineering and Green Manufacturing in Microorganisms, Beijing University of Chemical Technology.

Professor Moon gave an invited seminar at KAIST.

June

Professor Moon gave an invited seminar at Seoul National University.

Professor Moon receives a Best of BIOT Award from the American Chemical Society.

Gillian Myers and Zach Glick join the lab for the summer as iGEM team members. Welcome everyone!

May

Farewell to Soo Ji, Kenneth, and Charlie. They will attend grad school or work in the bio-industry. Good luck!

Cheryl gave a poster presentation at the 12th Workshop on Cyanobacteria at ASU.

Our collaborative work (with the Pakrasi, Maranas, and Zhang labs) was published: R Saha, D Liu, A Hoynes-O’Connor, M Liberton, J Yu, M Bhattacharyya-Pakrasi, A Balassy, F Zhang, TS Moon, CD Maranas and HB Pakrasi. Diurnal Regulation of Cellular Processes in the Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. Strain PCC 6803: Insights from Transcriptomic, Fluxomic and Physiological Analyses. mBio. 7, e00464-16 (2016) Link

April

Allison wins the EECE Graduate Student Research Award! Congratulations, Allison!

Cheryl, Ray, Tatenda, Allison, and Ryan gave five poster presentations at the Monsanto Fellows Synthetic Biology Symposium.

Matthew Leong receives a 2016 BioSURF Fellowship. Congratulations, Matthew!

Andrew Ng (Moon lab alumnus, now at UC Berkeley/UCSF) receives a 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. Congratulations, Andrew!

March

Andrew Ng (Moon lab alumnus, now at UC Berkeley/UCSF) receives a 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. Congratulations, Andrew!

Ryan wins an oral presentation award at the SynBERC meeting at UC Berkeley. Congrats, Ryan!

Ryan gave an oral presentation at the SynBERC meeting at UC Berkeley. Allie also gave a poster presentation.

Professor Moon gave three oral presentations at the 251st ACS National Meeting. One of the presentations was identified as the “Best Presentation” of the Session.

Congratulations to Cheryl for receiving a Registration Scholarship for the 12th Workshop on Cyanobacteria at ASU.

Congratulations to Cheryl for her book chapter published: CM Immethun, WR Henson, X Wang, D Nielsen and TS Moon. Engineering Central Metabolism for Production of Higher Alcohol-based Biofuels, Chapter 1, p1-34 in “Biotechnologies for Biofuel Production and Optimization” (CA Eckert & CT Trinh, Ed). Elsevier. Link

January

Congratulations to Young Je (Ryan) for his paper accepted: YJ Lee, A Hoynes-O’Connor, MC Leong and TS Moon. Programmable control of bacterial gene expression with the combined CRISPR and antisense RNA system. Nucleic Acids Res. Link

Congratulations to Ray for his paper accepted: A Yoneda, WR Henson, NK Goldner, KJ Park, KJ Forsberg, SJ Kim, MW Pesesky, M Foston, G Dantas and TS Moon. Comparative transcriptomics elucidates adaptive phenol tolerance and utilization in lipid-accumulating Rhodococcus opacus PD630. Nucleic Acids Res. Link

 

2015

November

Professor Moon gave an invited talk at the 2015 AIChE annual meeting.

Cheryl, Ray, Tatenda, and Allison gave oral presentations at the 2015 AIChE annual meeting.

October

John and Alexander join the lab as graduate rotation students! Welcome everyone!

Mike gave a poster presentation in the Undergraduate Research Symposium at WashU.

Professor Moon gave an invited talk at the Washington University Biomedical Engineering Department.

September

Allie gave an oral presentation at the SynBERC meeting at MIT (honorable mention). Ryan also gave a poster presentation.

Congratulations to Tatenda for his paper published: T Shopera, WR Henson, A Ng, YJ Lee, K Ng and TS Moon. Robust, tunable genetic memory from protein sequestration combined with positive feedback. Nucleic Acids Res. DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkv936 (2015) Link

Cameron and Eugene join the lab as graduate rotation students! Welcome everyone!

August

Congratulations to Allie for her paper published: A Hoynes-O’Connor and TS Moon. Programmable genetic circuits for pathway engineering. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 36, 115-121 (2015). Link

Congratulations to Cheryl for her paper accepted: CM Immethun, KM Ng, DM DeLorenzo, B Waldron-Feintstein, YC Lee and TS Moon. Oxygen-Responsive Genetic Circuits Constructed in Synechocystis sp. PCC6803. Biotechnol. Bioeng. DOI: 10.1002/bit.25722 (2015)

July

Dinesh joins the group as a Graduate Rotation student. Welcome!

Congratulations to Ray for his paper accepted: WD Hollinshead, WR Henson, M Abernathy, TS Moon and YJ Tang. Rapid Metabolic Analysis of Rhodococcus opacus PD630 via parallel 13C-Metabolite Fingerprinting, Biotechnol. Bioeng. DOI: 10.1002/bit.25702 (2015)

June

Prof. Moon attended two synthetic biology conferences: SEED and Gordon conferences.

May

Graduation! Congrats to Jeffrey, Ben, Jessica, Tina, and Andrew! We wish you best of luck in graduate school, companies, and new labs.

Congratulations to Allison for her paper published online: A Hoynes-O’Connor, K Hinman, L Kirchner and TS Moon. De novo design of heat-repressible RNA thermosensors in E. coli. Nucleic Acids Res. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv499 (2015). Link

April

Tatenda gave an oral and poster presentation at the SynBERC meeting at UC Berkeley.

Kenneth gave a poster presentation at the 3rd Annual Global Health and Infectious Disease Conference.

March

Drew DeLorenzo receives a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. Congratulations, Drew!

Ray gave a featured oral presentation at the 2015 Annual Conference for the Institute for Biological Engineering.

Cheryl, Allison, and Tatenda each gave oral presentations at the Annual IBE Conference.

The 2014 WashU iGEM team gave an oral presentation at the IBE conference.

February

Blake Actkinson, David Ayeke, Charlotte Bourg, and Michael Toomey join the 2015 iGEM team that will be advised again by Professor Moon this year. Welcome, All!

January

Andrew Ng joins the lab as a research staff member. Welcome Andrew!

 

2014

December

Drew DeLorenzo & Charles Johnson join the group as PhD candidates. Welcome!

November

Professor Moon joins the NSF CenSURF as a senior investigator. Link

Professor Moon gave three oral presentations including an invited talk at the 2014 AIChE conference.

Cheryl & Allison gave oral presentations at the 2014 AIChE conference.

Professor Moon gave an invited lecture at the Indo-US Workshop on Synthetic & Systems Biology (JNU, New Delhi, India) to discuss the potential and risks of synthetic biology. Link

Wei Bai joins the lab as a graduate rotation student! Welcome!

The WUSTL 2014 iGEM team received a silver medal at the iGEM Giant Jamboree. Congrats to all members involved!

October

Moon Research Group receives a grant from the Department of Energy for “Systems Biology of Rhodococcus opacus to Enable Production of Fuels and Chemicals from Lignocellulose.”

September

Tatenda wins a poster presentation award at the SynBERC meeting. Congrats, Tatenda!

Ray and Tatenda presented posters at the SynBERC meeting at MIT.

Professor Moon gave an invited talk at the SynBERC meeting at MIT.

Drew Delorenzo, Charlie Johnson, Yu He, and Ben Wolf join the lab as graduate rotation students! Welcome everyone!

August

Allison talked about our project in the 2014 Spring SynBERC meeting!

July

Soo Ji Kim joins the lab as a research technician! Welcome Soo Ji!

Allison Hoynes-O’Connor wins a poster presentation award at the 2014 SIMB conference! Congrats, Allison!

Cheryl, Allison, and Ray presented posters at the 2014 SIMB conference.

Professor Moon gave an invited talk at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (SIMB). Link

Professor Moon gave a talk at the inaugural SEED conference (the Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design). Link

June

15 teachers from 11 local high schools participated in the Genetic Circuits Workshop for training with our teaching kit to use in high school classrooms!

May

Young Je (Ryan) Lee joins the group as a PhD candidate. Welcome Ryan!

A new paper published online: B Thompson, TS Moon and D Nielsen. ‘Hybrid’ Processing Strategies for Expanding and Improving the Synthesis of Renewable Bioproducts, Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 30, 17-23 (2014). Link

April

Professor Moon receives a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

March

Cheryl Immethun wins the 2014 EECE Graduate Student Teaching Award! Congratulations, Cheryl!

January

Professor Moon gave an invited talk at 12th ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting.

Allison, Cheryl, and Ray in the Moon lab received project funding from Women’s Society of Washington University for the outreach activities which include teaching kit development for Teach For America Teachers.

 

2013

November

DR Nielsen, TS Moon. From Promise to Practice: the Role of Synthetic Biology in Green Chemistry, EMBO Reports, published online, doi:10.1038/embor.2013.178 (2013)

October

Chris Bowen and Hui-Yuan Chen join the group as Graduate Rotation students! Welcome Chris and Hui-Yuan!

September

Wen Jiang, Ryan Lee, and Manan Pathak join the group as Graduate Rotation students! Welcome Wen, Ryan, and Manan!

August

Arshag Mooradian joins the group as a Graduate Rotation student! Welcome Arshag!

Kenneth Ng joins the lab as a research technician! Welcome Kenneth!

Moon Research Group receives a grant from the National Science Foundation for “Designing Nitrogen Fixing Ability in Oxygenic Photosynthetic Cells.”

Paper highlighted as Featured Article in Frontiers in Microbiology!
BM Berla, R Saha, CM Immethun, CD Maranas, TS Moon and H Pakrasi. Synthetic Biology of Cyanobacteria: Unique Challenges and Opportunities, Front. Microbiol. 4:246 (2013). Link

May

Moon Research Group receives a Grand Challenges Exploration Grant from the Gates Foundation for “Programmed Killing of Parasite Eggs by Probiotic Organisms.”

Moon Research Group receives an I-CARES Research Award for “Hybrid Conversion of Lignin: Trees to Fat” with collaborator Professor Marcus Foston, also from EECE at Washington University in St. Louis.

Ray Henson, Allison Hoynes-O’Connor, and Tatenda Shopera join the group as PhD candidates. Welcome Ray, Allison and Tatenda!

March

Cheryl Immethun receives a 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship.

Professor Moon is highlighted in ACS Synthetic Biology’s “Introducing Our Authors”.

CM Immethun, AG Hoynes-O’Connor, A Balassy and TS Moon. Microbial Production of Isoprenoids Enabled by Synthetic Biology, Invited review, accepted in Frontiers in Microbiology.

January

Professor Moon joins the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

Ray Henson and Tatenda Shopera join the group as Graduate Rotation students. Welcome Ray and Tatenda!

 

2012

October

Genetic Programs Constructed from Layered Logic Gates in Single Cells published online in Nature.

Kevin Lingard joins the group as an Undergraduate student. Welcome Kevin!

September

Andrea Balassy and Allison Hoynes-O’Connor join the group as Graduate Rotation students. Welcome Allison and Andrea!

August

Tuning primary metabolism for heterologous pathway productivity accepted in ACS Synthetic Biology.

Sensitivity Analysis of a Proposed Model Mechanism for Newly Created Glucose 6-Oxidases published in AIChE Journal.

July

Cheryl Immethun joins the group as a PhD candidate. Welcome Cheryl!

Tae Seok Moon joins Washington University in St. Louis’ Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering as an Assistant Professor.