Dr. Trinh received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering (with summa cum laude, honors thesis) at the University of Houston in 2003 and earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2008. To continue his research interests in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering for biofuels research, he worked at the Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral scholar from 2008-2010. He joined the faculty of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2011 and also had a joint-faculty appointment with the Joint UTK-ORNL Joint Institute of Biological Science (JIBS), Biological Science Division (ORNL), the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Education Center (CIRE), and Institute of Biomedical Engineering. His research interests focus on understanding and reprograming complex cellular metabolism for novel biocatalysis with biotechnological applications related to health, food, energy, and environment. Dr. Trinh’s lab applies and develops both theoretical and experimental tools in interdisciplinary fields of systems and synthetic biology together with metabolic and biochemical engineering.
Focus Areas: Metabolic Engineering | Synthetic Biology | Systems Biology | Biocatalysis | Biochemicals | Biofuels
Skills and Expertise: Metabolic Network Analysis | Cellular Metabolism and Physiology | Fermentation | Modular Chassis Design | Microbial Consortia Design