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Mattheos Koffas from RPI appointed part-time prof. of JU

On Jun.14, Prof. Mattheos Koffas from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute visited Jiangsu University. At the ceremony, He was appointed part-time professor of Jiangsu University. Prof. Zhang Hongyin, Vice-Dean of School of Food and Biological Engineering granted prof. Mattheos Koffas a letter of appointment, pinned a Jiangsu University emblem for him. Prof. Mattheos Koffas delivered an academic lecture named Engineering the in vivo and in vitro biosynthesis of natural products using metabolic engineering. Some faculty members and Foreign-Sino students of the school attended the lecture. During the lecture, Prof. Mattheos Koffas mainly introduced the application of metabolic engineering in the biosynthesis of high-valued natural products. For example, we employ in silico model of the genome-wide metabolism to produce fatty acids with using episomal expression with vectors of different copy numbers, different strength promoters and different strength ribosome binding sites. Finally, recent advances in engineering the development of a biotechnological production platform for the production of Glycosaminoglycans such as the anticoagulant drug heparin will also be presented.

Professor Mattheos Koffas is an international well-known scholar in the field of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology. His research interests are in the area of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology with a special emphasis on tool and strain development for the efficient production of high value and commodity chemicals. He received his PhD in Biochemical Engineering from M.I.T. in 2000, and served in DuPont Central Research from 2001 to 2002 and worked in the SUNY at Buffalo from 2003 to 2010. In 2011, he joined RPI as a Career Development Associate Professor and was promoted to full Professor in 2015. Professor Koffas and his research group have published 100 peer-reviewed journal publications in journals including PNAS, Nature Communications, Metabolic Engineering, Nucleic Acids Research and others. His work, presented in the form of more than 100 invited and contributed lectures, has been featured in the National Public Radio. He serves as Academic Editor for Biotechnology Advances, Metabolic Engineering Communications, BMC Plant Biology and editorial board member for Metabolic Engineering and Current Opinion in Biotechnology. He has chaired two international conferences in the area of Biomolecular Engineering.


(School of Food and Biological Engineering)


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