Synthetic biology, chemical biology, enzyme engineering, & drug discovery

The 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

  • Samantha Meiser has been selected to receive a Chemistry Graduate Scholars Research Assistantship! The fellowship includes a generous stipend for 12 months and funds to attend a conference. Well done Sam!
  • Please welcome new undergraduate research assistant to the group – Katherine Almasy!
  • Vishwas Rao won an award for “Outstanding Poster Presentation” at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Seattle, congratulations!
  • Gavin has been selected as a 2015 University Faculty Scholar!
  • Chris Ladner’s review on engineering assembly lines is now available in the JIMB special issue “Natural Product Discovery and Development in the Genomic Era”. Go check it out!
  • Please welcome new PhD candidate Jared CroweTipton!
  • 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!

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