Congqiang Zhang (Simon) received his undergraduate and master training in chemical engineering at Tianjin University, China. He then continued with his PhD training in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering in a joint programme between National University of Singapore and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is now a Principal Investigator at the Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI) leading a team working on multiple academic and industrial projects. His expertise is in metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, enzyme engineering, discovery and biosynthesis of natural products and industrial biotechnology. He has co-authored over 30 papers and has 10 international patents. He served as an associate editor for two peer-reviewed journals, Advanced Biotechnology and Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology; and is the secretary for the BioEnergy Society of Singapore.

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