Yaoping Zhang

Senior Scientist, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Wisconsin Energy Institute

Yaoping Zhang is the senior scientist in the Experimental Fermentation Lab of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), where he examines and improves the performance of engineered microbes. His group also works to identify and remove key bottlenecks in the conversion of biomass (lignocellulose) to biofuels. This facility provides fermentation capacity for examining and improving the performance of engineered microbial strains from E. coli and yeast, and collaborates closely with the major microbial systems biology project in the GLBRC, which uses multiomic analysis of microbes to understand and model barriers to efficient biofuel synthesis from lignocellulose.

  • Microbial performance in hemicellulosic hydrolysates produced from different feedstocks
  • Engineered ethanologenic microbes
  • Multiomic fermentation