Patrick Shih

Director of Plant Biosystems Design

Research Focus

The Plant Biosystems Design group focuses on developing the foundational knowledge and
technologies needed to innovate, deploy, and engineer new traits into plants using synthetic
biology approaches. Specifically, the team is interested in manipulating plant metabolism in
order to optimize plant development and biomass characteristics for sustainable energy-crop
and bioenergy production. In order to efficiently engineer plants, tools and techniques will be
developed to expedite and implement biotechnological applications in agriculturally relevant


  • Developing synthetic biology tools to enable more complex, targeted, and sophisticated engineering efforts in plants
  • Stacking traits into bioenergy feedstocks for improved yield, biomass, and sustainability
  • Designing and engineering plants for the production of target compounds directly from photosynthesis

Featured Publications

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