Post Doctoral Researcher
Sean Lynch earned a B.A. in Biology and an M.S. in Chemistry in 2004 from the State University of New York at Oswego where he worked to isolate and characterize natural products from the white birch tree, Betula papyrifera. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Emory University in 2009. Under the direction of Justin Gallivan, Sean developed high-throughput screens and selections for synthetic riboswitches. Sean’s current research sits at the interface of Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering. Working with Ryan Gill at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Sean strives to integrate genetic screens and selections with novel, DNA synthesis-enabled tools for genome and protein engineering. Ultimately, this work will facilitate evolutionary approaches to improving biofuel and commodity chemical production in Escherichia coli. At NREL, Sean works with Carrie Eckert, Pin Ching Maness, and Jianping Yu to combine genome engineering tools with newly developed high throughput screens to increase ethylene production in E. coli.