Carbon fixation is the biological process that converts CO2 into useful organic compounds. Nature's fixation machinery is complex yet surprisingly inefficient. Yu Heng will build synthetic organelles that protect important fixation enzymes and enhance their efficiency. More efficient fixation will ultimately help address issues of renewable energy production and climate change.
I am a molecular architect and engineer, drawing inspiration from nature to build synthetic structures that address global challenges in health and sustainability.
I completed my PhD at Cambridge, creating chemical techniques to manipulate peptide and protein structure. I subsequently moved to Harvard to join the emerging synthetic biology movement, constructing synthetic living organisms using engineering and microbiological principles, in partnership with field pioneers, government, and private enterprise.
Having gained experience at world-leading institutions, I returned to Sydney as a research leader, with a strong desire to give back to Australia's education sector and economy. My role has grown from hands-on research spearhead to empowering leader and educator. I am especially passionate about giving our students access to world-class training at the interdisciplinary frontiers of science.
Skills & Expertise
- Synthetic chemistry
- Synthetic biology
- Protein engineering
- STEM education
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