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Jorge Marchand

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering


Jorge Marchand

Research focus
Biochemistry, chemical and synthetic biology, genetic engineering, natural product engineering and product discovery


Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2019
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2013

Jorge Marchand joins the Department of Chemical Engineering this winter from Harvard Medical School where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics. He focuses on engineering organisms and enzymes to produce next-generation therapeutics, biochemicals, and biomaterials.

Marchand utilizes fundamental approaches in synthetic biology, chemical biology, biosynthesis, and biomolecular engineering to both extend the amino acid, nucleic acid and carbohydrate building blocks available in living systems for biosynthesis, and to use newly expanded metabolism to produce biomolecules with unique chemical and physical properties. At the UW, he plans to use both discovery and design to engineer proteins, pathways and organisms capable of making new-to-nature products.