Chancellor’s Distinguished Lectureship Series Presents: Gregory Stephanopoulos of MIT to Discuss Metabolic Engineering

02/14/2012 08:11 AM

BATON ROUGE – The Chancellor’s Distinguished Lectureship Series, or CDLS, will host Gregory Stephanopoulos, professor of chemical engineering at MIT, on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. The talk, “Metabolic Engineering: Synthetic Chemistry of the 21st Century,” will take place at the Shaver Theater in LSU’s Music & Dramatic Arts Building, and will review the foundations of metabolic engineering as well as its evolution over its short 20-year lifespan. A reception will follow immediately after the presentation.

According to Stephanopoulos, metabolic engineering has emerged as the enabling science for the production of chemical and pharmaceutical products in the 21st century. His talk will use examples from the production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals and materials from renewable resources to illustrate both the growth and significance of this field.

Stephanopoulos has authored, co-authored or edited five books, 330 papers and 50 patents. In addition to being editor-in-chief of Metabolic Engineering and Current Opinion in Biotechnology, he also serves on the editorial boards of seven scientific journals and the advisory boards of five chemical engineering departments. He has received numerous accolades in recognition of both his research and educational contributions, including being named to the National Academy of Engineering. For more details about his career and accomplishments, visit

As part of his CDLS visit, Stephanopoulos will meet with faculty and students in order to answer questions, network and make connections with those pursuing similar avenues of study.

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Lectureship Series is a biannual event bringing scholars of international renown to Baton Rouge to engage LSU’s faculty, students and staff in discussion about the world’s most complex problems and concerns. Speakers are nominated by faculty on campus and then selected through a vigorous review process by an interdisciplinary committee.

For more information about the CDLS, visit

Ashley  Berthelot 
LSU Research Communications

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012