BS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

MS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park

PhD Bioengineering, University of Maryland, College Park


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Current Research

My research focuses on engineering Streptomyces venezuelae to produce spark ignition biofuels


  • Amin Zargar, DN Quan, N Abutaleb, E Choi, WE Bentley, “Biocompatible capsules to control quorum sensing”, Biotechnology & Bioengineering (2015, in preparation)
  • Amin Zargar, DN Quan, WE Bentley, “Reducing stochasticity in cell populations: rewiring quorum sensing to engineer dynamic gene expression with population-level control”, ACS Synthetic Biology (2015, in revision)
  • Amin Zargar, GF Payne, WE Bentley, “A ‘bioproduction breadboard’: programming, assembling and actuating cellular networks”, Current Opinion in Biotechnology (2015, journal cover) 36: p. 154-160
  • Matthew D Servinsky, JL Terrell, CY Tsao, HC Wu, DN Quan, A Zargar, PC Allen, CM Byrd, CJ Sund, WE Bentley, “Directed assembly of a bactrial quorum”, The ISME Journal, (2015)
  • Amin Zargar, DN Quan, M Emamian, CY Tsao, HC Wu, CR Virgile, WE Bentley, “Rational design of ‘controller cells’ to manipulate protein and phenotype expression”, Metabolic Engineering (2015). 30: p. 61-68.
  • Amin Zargar, DN Quan, KK Carter, M Guo, HO Sintim, GF Payne, WE Bentley, ‘Bacterial secretions of nonpathogenic E. coli elicit inflammatory pathways: a closer investigation of interkingdom signaling”, mBio (2015). 6:2 e00025-15.
  • Hsuan-Chen Wu, CY Tsao, DN Quan, Y Cheng, MD Servinsky, KK Carter, KJ Jee, JL Terrell, A Zargar, GW Rubloff, GF Payne, JJ Valdes and WE Bentley, “Autonomous bacterial localization and gene expression based on nearby cell receptor density”, Molecular Systems Biology (2013). 9:1 636.
  • Jordan F. Betz, Y Cheng, CY Tsao, A Zargar, X Luo, GF Payne,WE Bentley, and GW Rubloff, “Optically clear alginate hydrogels for spatially controlled cell entrapment and culture at microfluidic electrode surfaces,” Lab on a Chip, (2013). 13:10 p. 1854-1858.
  • William E. Bentley, A Zargar and GF Payne, “Plug and play? Interconnected multifunctional chips for enhancing efficiency of biopharmaceutical R&D” Pharmaceutical Bioprocessing, (2013). 1:3 p. 225-228.
  • Amin Zargar, K Chang, LJ Taite and FJ Schork, “Mathematical modeling of hyperbranched water-soluble polymers for drug delivery,” Macromolecular Reaction Engineering, (2011). 5:9-10 p. 373-384
  • Amin Zargar and FJ Schork, “Copolymer sequence distributions in controlled radical polymerization,” Macromolecular Reaction Engineering, (2009) 3:2-3 p. 118-130.
  • Amin Zargar and FJ Schork, “Design of copolymer molecular architecture via design of continuous reactor systems for controlled radical polymerization,” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, (2009). 48:9 p. 4245-4253