Synthetic biology, chemical biology, enzyme engineering

IMG_0940The Williams Lab uses a synthetic biology philosophy to reprogram the chemistry of life. One major area of focus is the creation of artificial cell factories for the synthesis of non-natural drug-like molecules. We are also interested in using the power of organic chemistry to probe, interrogate, and manipulate biological processes. Please take some time to read about our research in more detail and to meet our group members.

You can also read more about our research at the NC State University news archives.

Recent News

  • Rachel Hall has been awarded a NIH Molecular Biotechnology Training Fellowship for a period of 2 years to support her research project ongoing in the group. Congratulations Rachel!
  • Sarah Schultheis passed her Masters defense, June 23rd! She starts work at Novozymes next week!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Steven Walsh who passed his final PhD defense!
  • Undergraduate research assistant Mounir Zerrad has been selected to receive an Atlantic Coast Conference Inter-Institutional Academic Collaborative (ACCIAC) Fellowship to continue his research in our lab during the summer!
  • Undergraduate research assistant Taylor Courtney was chosen for the Department of Chemistry and College of Science Outstanding Senior Award for Scholarship!
  • First year PhD candidate Kim Castelli was chosen for a poster award in the junior Organic/Chem Ed category of the 16th Annual Department of Chemistry Poster Session!
  • Undergraduate research assistant and Park Scholar Vishwas Rao has been selected to take part in the Amgen Scholars Program at Stanford! This is a huge achievement!
  • Zhixia’s manuscript “Mapping a ketosynthase:acyl carrier protein binding interface via unnatural amino acid-mediated photocrosslinking” has been accepted for publication in Biochemistry!

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