Dr. Cao is currently a postdoctoral associate at Tim Lu lab in Synthetic Biology Center at MIT. He has been working in the area of synthetic biology and molecular biology for more than 8 years, and he has extensive experience in genetic circuit design, genome editing, optogeneics and RNA regulation.
His current research focuses on genome editing, cis-elements screening and protein drug manufacturing. His Ph.D. research united design principles of synthetic transcriptional systems and the mechanism of translation to invent new synthetic RNA systems. He has published research papers on many prestigious journals, such as Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Nature Nanotechnology, Nucleic Acids Research, and Nature Communications.