Yat Chou

1995 …2023

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Personal Profile

Yat-Chen Chou is a senior scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Her earlier research experience included exploring cellulase gene expression systems and using site-specific mutagenesis to enhance the activity of the enzymes. She has since devoted many years to researching the metabolic engineering of Zymomonas mobilis for efficient ethanol production, resulting in several patents, as well as a recent effort on producing other biofuel products. Yat-Chen was one of the key researchers in the cooperative research and development agreement project with DuPont, working on the construction and improvement of a robust ethanologen for their process. Her later research responsibilities expanded to include investigating microalgae as a feedstock for biofuel production and developing genetic tools to help achieve that goal. 

Research Interests

Molecular biology

Metabolic engineering for strain improvement


Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University

Master, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Utah State University


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