Woolston Received the Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award in Metabolic Engineering
Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor Benjamin Woolston is the 2020 recipient of the Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award in Metabolic Engineering within the International Metabolic Engineering Society (IMES). IMES seeks to promote and advance metabolic engineering as an enabling science for bio-based production of materials, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, chemicals and fuels. In recognition, Woolston will be presented with this award at the Metabolic Engineering 14 Conference, tentatively taking place in Honolulu, HI in July 2021.
This award was instituted in honor of Jay Bailey, a visionary of future directions in biotechnological research and a brilliant contributor to the founding and advancement of the field of metabolic engineering (see Metabolic Engineering 3, 393, 2001; Biotechnology and Bioengineering 79 (5), 2002). The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding research accomplishments in the field of metabolic engineering by a young investigator. The recipient has advanced the frontiers of metabolic engineering through originality and creativity of experimental or computational concept application.
Woolston joined the Chemical Engineering department in January 2020 and his research focuses primarily on metabolic engineering and synthetic biology for sustainable biochemical production and human health.