Fei Wen

Dow Corning Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
(734) 764-8723
Biography: 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering '10
MS CHE '06

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
BS '03

POSITIONS HELD AT U-M

  • Dow Corning Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, 2014
  • Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department (2012-present)

POSITIONS HELD ELSEWHERE

  • Postdoctoral Research, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University (2010-2012)
Research Interests: 
Wen's group is interested in engineering microbes that are capable of converting lignocellulosic biomass to alternative biofuels, such as ethanol. The focus here is biomass-degrading enzyme activity engineering with the aim of identifying protein mutants that could break down biomass efficiently. Meanwhile, microbial metabolic engineering is employed with the aim of improving the biofuel yield and titer.