Josh Michener

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Josh Michener


  • 5th year Bioengineering PhD candidate at Caltech
    • On detached duty from Caltech to work at Stanford (January 2009 - Current)
    • Also on detached duty from Stanford to work at the Chalmers Institute of Technology (August 2011 - Current)
  • S.B. 2006, Chemical Engineering and Biology at MIT

Lab history

Contact Info

Josh Michener
Bioengineering - Smolke Lab
Y2E2-B07, MC 4200
473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305



My research focuses on applying RNA switches, developed elsewhere in the lab, to provide dynamic control of enzymatic pathways. Specifically, I am using those switches to construct feedback control systems, with the goal of producing a predictable output despite variations in reaction conditions. These control systems can then be used in metabolic engineering to change both the transient and equilibrium responses of a pathway.

Past Projects

  • Development of an in vivo screen for synthetic riboswitches.
  • Design and construction of a screening plasmid to measure the PoPS transfer curve of a BioBricks device.

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