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George H. McArthur IV, Ph.D. student, Virginia Commonwealth University

George McArthur IV

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.. –Albert Einstein

Welcome! I'm a first-year grad student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA and a member of Dr. Stephen Fong's Systems Biological Engineering Laboratory in the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering. Please feel free to email me.

Research Interests

My research is centered around two areas, microbial metabolic engineering and biochemical process engineering. I am currently working on modifying metabolism in microalgae for the production of valuable chemicals including fuels and drugs. In addition, I hope to contribute to the advancement of foundational synthetic-biology technology and education.



Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Ph.D., Chemical and Life Science Engineering (in progress)

University of Virginia (2008)

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology Concentration}
  • B.A., Music (Composition Concentration)
  • Minor in Biology
  • Undergraduate Thesis Portfolio
    • The Development of a First Course in the Fundamentals of Synthetic Biology at the University of Virginia
    • The VGEM Team: A Model for Enhancing Engineering Education
    • A Regulatory Framework for the Constructive Development of Synthetic Biology