• Associate Professor
Katy Kao

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S., University of California, Irvine

Research Interests

  • Dr. Kao's research focuses on genomics, systems biology and biotechnology. Her laboratory is interested in using genomic and system biological tools to study microbial adaptation in various environments. Specifically, Kao is focusing on evolving microorganisms such as yeast and E. coli for enhanced tolerance to the toxicity of desired bioproducts such as biofuels. She also is utilizing ultra-high throughput sequencing technology along with related tools to study the transcriptome and the metabolism in an effort to identify the cellular components responsible for the selected traits.

Awards & Honors

  • TEES Select Young Faculty 2012
  • National Science Foundation, Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award 2011
  • National Institutes of Health, National Research Service Award 2007
  • NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship 2000-2003

Selected Publications

  • Winkler J, Kao KC*."Harnessing Recombination to Speed Adaptive Evolution in Escherichia coli. "Metabolic Engineering.2012.Sep;14(5):487-95.
  • Reyes LH, Almario MP, Winkler J, Orozco MM, Kao, KC*."Visualizing evolution in real time to determine the molecular mechanisms of n-butanol tolerance in Escherichia coli." Metabolic Engineering. Metabolic Engineering.2012.Sep;14(5):487-95.
  • Reyes LH, Winkler J, Kao KC*."Visualizing evolution in real-time method for strain engineering. "Frontiers in Microbiotechnology, Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation.2012.3:198.
  • Huang M, Kao KC*."Population dynamics and the evolution of antifungal drug resistance in Candida albicans. "FEMS Microbiology Letters.2012.Aug;333(2):85-93.
  • Winkler J, Kao, KC*."Computational identification of adaptive mutants using the VERT system." Journal of Biological Engineering.2012. 6, 3.