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Evan Zhao

PhD Institution: Princeton University Cohort: 2020 Fellow

Evan is a chemical engineer who has utilized timed light to control and then engineer microbes to produce new, valuable chemicals without the need for fossil fuel-based precursors. As a Schmidt Science Fellow, he is now pivoting to work on RNA sensing in cells for medical applications. Evan aims to utilize a cell’s ability to sense its environment to develop a sensor that could control the production of therapeutic proteins within the cell, tailoring treatment to a patient’s specific needs.