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
Assistant 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).

News

April 2017

Professor Moon gave an invited seminar at Arizona State University.

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

March 2017

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 2017

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 2017

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

December 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

Professor Moon gave an invited seminar at Virginia Tech.

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

August 2016

Professor Moon gave an invited seminar at Saint Louis University.

July 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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

November 2015

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 2015

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 2015

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 2015

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 2015

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 2015

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

May 2015

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 2015

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 2015

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 2015

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 2015

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

December 2014

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

November 2014

Professor Moon joins the NSF CenSURF as a senior investigator (http://censurf.chem.ucsb.edu/people).

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. https://sites.google.com/site/synbioworkshop/synbioglobal

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 2014

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 2014

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 2014

Allison talked about our project in the 2014 Spring SynBERC meeting! Check out this video recently released by SynBERC!

July 2014

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), click here for more info.

Professor Moon gave a talk at the inaugural SEED conference (the Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design), click here for more info.

June 2014

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! More info about the workshop here.

May 2014

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).http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.copbio.2014.04.005

April 2014

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

March 2014

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

January 2014

Professor Moon gave an invited talk at 12th ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting (http://www.asmbiodefense.org/).

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. Please contact Allie at ahoyneso@gmail.com for more information.


November 2013

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 2013

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

September 2013

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

August 2013

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). http://www.frontiersin.org/Microbial_Physiology_and_Metabolism/10.3389/fmicb.2013.00246/abstract

May 2013

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 2013

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 2013

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!

October 2012

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 2012

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

August 2012

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 2012

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.