Dr. Chao Zhong is currently a Principal Investigator at iSynBio and the center director for the newly established Materials Synthetic Biology Center (MSBC). Prior to his employment at iSynbio, Dr. Zhong had been a Principal Investigator at ShanghaiTech University from July 2014 to Feb 2020. Dr. Zhong received his B.E. in MSE from Tianjin University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he developed the first solid-state bioprotonic field-effect transistor. He then worked as a research associate at the MIT Synthetic Biology Center, where he developed self-assembling multi-protein underwater adhesives using a modular genetic design approach.
Dr. Zhong's research lies in the emerging field of Material Synthesis Biology. His group aims to leverage synthetic biology tools to develop new biomaterials, including living functional materials and protein underwater adhesives. Dr. Zhong has published more than 30 academic papers in international Journals such as Nat. Nano., Nat. Chem. Biol., Science Advances, Nature Communications, National Science Review, Materials Today, Advanced Materials etc. He is the recipient of several awards including ,the “Dawn” Scholar Program of Shanghai Education Commission.