SCS & ChemE Seminars 21.09.23 at 16:15 prof.James C. Liao, Academia Sinica, Taiwan "Design and evolution of new metabolism for C1 assimilation"


Event details

Date 21.09.2023
Hour 16:1517:30
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

Welcome to the open seminar of SCS Swiss Chemical Society.

*This seminar is also included in ISIC ChemE Seminars. 

Thursday September 21, 16:15
James C. Liao, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Title: Design and evolution of new metabolism for C1 assimilation
This seminar will be held in person
at EPFL Lausanne in the room CH G1 495
followed by an Apéro and Q&A session at 17:30
It has been estimated that terrestrial photosynthesis draws down 120 giga tons of carbon per year, half of which is released back to the atmosphere by respiration. The remaining carbon is slowly converted to CO2 and CH4 due to microbial metabolism.  To date, burning of fossil fuel emits more than 10 giga tons of carbon annually, which upsets the natural balance of the carbon cycle and caused a rapid increase of atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) in recent years. With advances in biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology, it has become possible to design new metabolism with an aim for reducing GHG in the atmosphere. Here we will present examples of how design and evolution can be used to explore new metabolism in the cell. We will use -alanine synthesis to illustrate the emergence of new metabolic pathways, and discuss CO2 and methanol assimilation in E. coli, cyanobacteria, and cell-free systems. 

Dr. James C. Liao, received his BS degree from National Taiwan University and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is an expert of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology. After working at Texas A&M University and UCLA for decades, he moved back to Taiwan in 2016 and has served as President of Academia Sinica since then. Dr. Liao is a member of US National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Academia Sinica in Taiwan. 

Dr. Liao received numerous awards, including the US Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (2010), the White House Champion of Change in renewable energy (2012), the ENI award for renewable energy (2013),  the Novozyme Award for Excellence in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering (2019), and the Samson Prime Minister's Prize, Israel (2021). 

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free
  • This event is internal


  • Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering