Feng Jianhui: Mechanism of assembly of biological materials inside cells

One of the future impacts of synthetic biology will be biosynthetic production in microbes of materials such as silk or composites that can both outperform and replace alternatives made from oil today.

In this project Feng wants to understand the assembly mechanisms of newly synthetized molecules that occur inside the cell and the interactions that are required to create the final material properties. Silk protein and its engineered variants are perfect study objects.