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Brian Pfleger

Expert on synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, applied microbiology.

Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Professor College of Engineering Work: 608-890-1940 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @Pflegerlab


  • Metabolic engineering. My group genetically engineers microorganisms including bacteria, yeast, cyanobacteria to produce fuels, chemicals, natural products, proteins and pharmaceuticals.
  • Synthetic Biology. My group designs biological molecules including DNA and proteins to perform advanced non-natural functions in cells or outside cells.
  • Applied Microbiology. My group cultures microorganisms for varied purposes from beer fermentation, protein production, and waste remediation.