July 14, 2010
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Michelle Chang has won The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. The award provides research support of $685,000 over three years.
The award supports work by Chang to develop synthetic biology approaches to engineering microbes for new chemical function. The project focuses on designing and building pathways for the production of second-generation biofuels in E. coli, with the overall goal of using engineered pathways to help understand the design principles that drive metabolic networks.
The research component of the program is aimed at increasing the understanding of how chemistry works inside the cell while exploring the cell as a green alternative for sustainable synthetic chemistry. Chang will also develop a series of “Chemistry and Sustainability” educational modules to promote science education and literacy in local elementary schools.
The Faculty Early Career Development Program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. The award supports outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research at the awardees’ institutions.