PhD Bioengineering, University of Maryland College Park
MS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
BS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Amin is a chemical and biomedical engineer working as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley for Dr. Jay Keasling. First introduced to research as an undergraduate in tissue engineering, Amin later studied polymer reaction engineering during his M.S. and published three papers detailing a low-dimensional method to account for sequence structure and branching in polymerization reactions. Catalyzed by a class on start-up ventures in biotechnology, Amin switched fields and joined Dr. William Bentley’s laboratory in the Bioengineering department. During his PhD, he elucidated interkingdom communication from quorum sensing molecules, clarified the mechanics of quorum sensing (QS) processing, developed a quorum-quenching bacteria that could reduce biofilms, and designed a QS-based metabolic engineering platform that enhanced protein production. Currently, he focuses on understanding and manipulating polyketide synthases to produce specialty biofuels and commodity chemicals, expanding his skill set to analytical chemistry, biochemistry and enzyme engineering.