Vatsan Raman

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Vatsan Raman's laboratory uses a synthetic biology approach to design proteins with new functions and engineer microbes for biosynthesis and bioremediation. One focus is designing proteins that respond to new ligands, with the goal of making novel protein-based small molecule sensors. Raman's lab uses these small molecule sensors, along with high-throughput genome engineering, to engineer microbes to produce valuable molecules such as natural products and biofuels. His group is also interested in studying mechanisms of allosteric regulation at molecular-level resolution using systems biology principles.

  • Systems and synthetic biology
  • Computational protein design combined with high-throughput phenotyping
  • Allosteric transcription factor design
  • Directed evolution of microbial biosynthetic pathways