zach charlop-powers


I am a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Genetically Encoded Small Molecules at the The Rockefeller University in New York City. I work with Professor Sean Brady to apply the tools of genomic- and synthetic biology towards the goal of discovering new natural products. Recently, I have been working on a project to assess the global biodiversity of natural product gene clusters by using a targeted sequencing approach. If this interests you, you should consider sending us a dirt sample by signing up at Drugs From Dirt.

Research Interests

I am interested in using genetics and high throughput sequencing data to identify, recover, and activate natural product-encoding gene clusters. I think of my research efforts as breaking down into four related topics:

  1. the discovery of bioactive compounds using metagenomic techniques,
  2. the synthetic refactoring of natural product gene clusters,
  3. understanding the biogeography of biosynthetic genes,
  4. and developing vizualization and computional tools for the analysis of data.

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