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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.Einstein

Welcome! I'm a second-year doctoral 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. Currently, I am working on designing and characterizing genetic parts, devices and systems necessary for the implementation and tight control of synthetic microbial metabolism. I am also actively developing synthetic biology educational material. Please feel free to email me.

Research Teaching


  • McArthur GH and Fong SS. (2010). Toward engineering synthetic microbial metabolism. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. In press.
  • McArthur GH, Gowen CM, Bower A, McClintock M, and Fong SS. (2010). Modulating gene expression with designed UP elements. In preparation.



  • In progress, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Advised by Stephen Fong
  • 2009, M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University, Chemical and Life Science Engineering
  • 2008, B.S., University of Virginia, Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology Concentration), Minor in Biology
  • 2008, B.A., University of Virginia, Music (Composition Concentration)
    • 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