From Basic Design Principles to Metabolic Engineering: Rewiring Central Carbon Metabolism for CO2 Conversion

Junyoung Park

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Location: Burchard 104

Speaker: Junyoung Park, University of California, Los Angeles


Metabolism is a complex network of highly specific biochemical reactions. Metabolism fuels all living organisms and plays a major role in the global carbon cycle. Using state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and isotope tracing techniques, my lab studies metabolic design principles and applies the fundamental understanding to address energy and environmental issues. In this talk, I will highlight our recent investigation into central carbon metabolism and demonstrate how it can be tamed for successful application in biotechnology.


Junyoung Park is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Co-Director of the Metabolomics Center at UCLA. His research group is interested in systems biology and metabolic engineering. He aims to elucidate metabolic regulation in microbes for efficient bioproduct synthesis as well as cancer and immune cells for therapeutic discovery by employing LC-MS and isotope tracing. His recent awards include NIH Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA), Hellman Fellowship, and UCLA Faculty Career Development Award. Before moving to Los Angeles, he conducted postdoctoral research at MIT. He received his bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Bioengineering from UC San Diego and master’s and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.

Host: CEMS Assistant Professor Pin-Kuang Lai