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March 14th, 2024
Dr. John Van Schaik successfully defends his PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Van Schaik! 

Jan 8th, 2024
Will Parker was a Linde TA Award Winner Finalist for Fall 2023. Congrats Will!

Dec 29th, 2023
Tianyu's research was named one of the top 5 stories of the year for 2023 by the NSF!  Congratulations, Tianyu!

Nov 6th, 2023

John Van Schaik won 1st place at the Graduate School's 9th Annual Three Minute Thesis competition!

Oct 30th, 2023

Will Parker and Carly Catella presented at the 2023 AIM-Bio Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Symposium at DTU.

Oct 3rd, 2023

WRAL interviewed Tianyu Li to learn more about her approach to breaking down plastics in salt water!

Jun 7th, 2023 

Carly Catella received an award at Affinity 2023 (Young Investigator Award), Congratulations Carly!

Dec 7th, 2022

Welcome to Will, Aryan and John Cheadle (First Year Grad Students)

Oct 14th, 2022

Dr. Deniz Durmusoglu successfully defends her PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Durmusoglu! 

Sep 17th, 2022

Welcome to Thuan!

Aug 29th, 2022

Dr. Ibrahim Al'Abri successfully defends his PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Al'Abri!

Jul 11th, 2022

Dr. Scott Collins successfully defends his PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Collins! 

Jul 6th, 2022

Welcome to Tyasia, our new lab manager! 

May 3rd, 2022

Tianyu, with the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) team, discussed the importance of cleaning and developing new ways to clean microplastic pollution to middle and high school students. The workshop aimed to raise the attention of students to the emerging problems caused by microplastic pollution and the importance of plastic recycling.

May 3rd, 2022

Dr. Crook discussed some of the research that is happening in our lab in Finding Genius Podcast. You can listen to his conversation with Richard Jacobs at "The Problem With Microplastics from the Ocean and the Structures of Nanoparticles"

May 3rd, 2022

Tianyu successfully passed her Ph.D. prelim exams. Congratulations! 

Apr 26th, 2022

Congratulation Daniel Haller for receiving NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and  College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Award for Scholarly Achievement.

Apr 21st, 2022

Ibrahim and Dr. Crook are winners of First-Flight Fast Program winners.

Mar 1st, 2022

Deniz is back in lab after 7 month research exchange at DTU in Denmark.

Feb 12th, 2022

Congratulations to Ibrahim, Daniel and Zidan! Their paper "Inducible directed evolution of complex phenotypes in bacteria ." is out in Nucleic Acids Research


Dec 13th, 2021

Dr. Justin Vento successfully defends his PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Vento and best of luck in Boston!

Nov 17th, 2021

We hosted high school students to participate in lab activities. Students learned about synthetic biology and had fun making art plates. See pictures in Gallery

Aug 19th, 2021

Proto Magazine interviewed Dr. Crook to discuss engineering the gut microbiome."Should We Monkey with the Microbiome?"

Jun14 & 16th, 2021

Zidan and Carly successfully passed their Ph.D. prelim exams. Congratulations! 

May 5th, 2021

Dr. Crook was featured in NC STATE College of Engineering Magazine 

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Apr 12th, 2021

Our lab first paper "in Situ Biomanufacturing of Small Molecules in the Mammalian Gut by Probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii." is out in ACS Synthetic Biology


Dec 15th, 2020

John successfully passed his Ph.D. prelim exam. Congratulations! 

Dec 7th, 2020

Welcome to Tianyu Li (first year grad students). 

Nov 6th, 2020

Daniel Haller won the outstanding presentation award in 2020 Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium at Rice University. Congratulations Daniel!

Apr 30th, 2020

Dr. Crook's Paper "Transcript Barcoding Illuminates the Expression Level of Synthetic Constructs in E. coli Nissle Residing in the Mammalian Gut" is out in ACS Synthetic Biology

Mar 27th, 2020

Congratulation to Daniel Haller on the Goldwater Scholarship! Daniel's research in lab focuses on metabolic engineering optimization and biotherapeutics delivery. 

Jan 13th, 2020

Welcome to Katie Day and Allison Williams and Anuj. 

Dec 6th, 2019

Welcome to Ethan Purnell, Zidan Li and Carly Catella (first year grad students) 

Nov 19 & 26th, 2019

Ibrahim and Deniz successfully passed their Ph.D. prelim exams. Congratulations! 

Nov 18th, 2019

Welcome to CBE Student Aarati Bothe. 

Aug 23th, 2019

Welcome to CBE Student Laura Merkel. 

Jul 10th, 2019

Welcome to GEAR Program Student Shuang Wu. 

Jun 26th, 2019

We hosted TRIO Upward Bound students to participate in lab activities. Students learned about synthetic biology and had fun making art plates and minipreping plasmids. See pictures in Gallery

Jun 6th, 2019

Justin's Review "Barriers to genome editing with CRISPR in bacteria" is out in J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol. Congratulations Justin

Mar 26th, 2019

Dr. Crook's Paper "Adaptive Strategies of the Candidate Probiotic E. coli Nissle in the Mammalian Gut" is out in Cell Host & Microbe


  • Probiotics evolve inside mice, a path that could affect humans, too. STAT

  • Probiotic bacteria evolve inside mice's GI tracts.

  • Probiotic bacteria evolve in the gut microbiome. ASM Microbial Minutes

  • Can the Microbiome Deliver? A Proof-of-Concept Engineered E. coli PKU Therapeutic CellPress

Feb 25th, 2019

Deniz won College of Engineering Travel Fund to attend Keystone Symposia. Microbiome: Chemical Mechanisms and Biological Consequences (C3). Congratulations Deniz!

Dec 12th, 2018

Justin won 2nd place Poster Award in the 2nd International Conference on CRISPR Technologies. Congratulations Justin!

Dec 6th, 2018

Welcome to John Van Schaik (first year grad students) 

Oct 8th, 2018

Welcome to Daniel Haller (CBE undergraduates) 

Aug 21th, 2018

Welcome to Daniel Bun and Caroline Moody (CBE undergraduates) 

May 15th, 2018

Ibrahim has been awarded The National Postgraduate​ Fellowship from Oman. 

Mar 24th, 2018

Dr. Crook and his talented microbiome engineers/scientists had fun at the NC State ChE recruiting weekend.  

Jan 15th, 2018

Nick Dasburg (undergraduate studying Biological Sciences) joined the team.


Jan 8th, 2018

Deniz Durmusoglu, Ibrahim Al’Abri (first year grad students) and Scott Collins and Justin Vento (second year grad students both co-advised by Dr. Chase Beisel) joined the Crook lab. 

Dec 6th, 2017

Dr. Crook was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Dream Chemistry Award! Dr. Crook’s project "Expanding Human Metabolism by Engineering Our Commensal Microbes" was selected from among 35 other outstanding applications. The competition was held in Prague, Czech Republic by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (IChF-PAN) and the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague). It was amazing to meet and compete with some extremely talented and forward-thinking chemists from around the globe, and to hear more about the stimulating and productive research environment at IOCB Prague.  If you are ever in the area, you should check it out!  Some pictures of the event are below:

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