Huimin Zhao

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Huimin Zhao
Residence U.S.
Nationality Chinese-American
Fields Chemical Engineering
Institutions University of Illinois
Alma mater University of Science and Technology of China
California Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisor Frances H. Arnold
Notable awards ACS Young Investigator (2008)
DuPont Young Investigator (2005)
NSF Career Award (2004)

Dr. Huimin Zhao is the Steven L. Miller Chair Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as well as the leader of the Biosystems Design research theme in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. His research focuses on directed evolution, metabolic engineering, bioinformatics and high throughput technologies. He received his B.S. in biology from the University of Science and Technology of China and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology under the guidance of Frances Arnold.[1]

Prior to joining the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he was a project leader at Dow Chemical. He then joined the UIUC faculty in 2000. His lab focuses on using protein engineering and metabolic engineering to harness the power of synthetic biology over four principle themes, industrial bioenergy, drug discovery and development, gene therapy, synthetic biology and immunotherapy. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science[2] and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.[3] He serves as an associate editor of ACS Catalysis.[4]


  1. ^ "Huimin Zhao". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "AAAS Fellows" (PDF). American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Huimin Zhao, Ph.D.". American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "ACS Catalysis masthead" (PDF). American Chemical Society. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 

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