Eric Young | AIChE

Eric Young

Citation name

Young, E.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute





Eric Young is the Leonard P. Kinnicutt Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His research objective is to understand and engineer novel microbial systems that improve the human condition, focusing primarily on fungi. Because synthetic biology is so underdeveloped in these organisms, Young and his collaborators are addressing multiple areas of need – genetic design aids, methods development, genomics data acquisition and workflows, modular parts collections, and pathway engineering. In recognition and support of these efforts, Dr. Young received a 2019 NSF CAREER award and a 2019 Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Building Breakthroughs award. Dr. Young received undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. He completed postdoctoral research at MIT, contributing to the development of the MIT-Broad Foundry.

Sessions chaired or co-chaired

Metabolic Engineering Platform Development – Non-conventional Eukaryotes
2020 Virtual AIChE Annual Meeting (ISBN: 978-0-8169-1114-1)
Metabolic Engineering in Non-Traditional Hosts
2021 Annual Meeting (ISBN: 978-0-8169-1116-5)
Synthetic Biology: Microbiome Engineering
2023 AIChE Annual Meeting (ISBN: 978-0-8169-1120-2)


Associated proceedings 

2019 AIChE Annual Meeting
2nd International Conference on Microbiome Engineering (ICME 19)
2020 Virtual AIChE Annual Meeting
5th International Conference on Plant Synthetic Biology, Bioengineering and Biotechnology
2021 Annual Meeting
2022 Annual Meeting
2023 AIChE Annual Meeting
6th International Conference on Microbiome Engineering