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Engineering Biology in Cambridge



Dr Lin Su is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Cambridge and has been a member of the Reisner Lab in the Department of Chemistry since 2021. He obtained his PhD in biomedical engineering from Southeast University in 2021, where he focused on engineering electron transfer at the interfaces of microorganisms and materials. During his studies, he also visited Prof. Caroline Ajo-Franklin's group to study synthetic biology in 2016.


Dr Su's research primarily focuses on engineering electron transfer at the interfaces of microorganisms and materials. He is particularly interested in building biohybrid systems capable of semi-artificial photosynthesis and designing bioelectronic sensors for information exchange. His work has garnered attention for its potential to drive innovation in the field and contribute to developing sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies.


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Latest publications

  • Atkinson, J.T.†, Su, L.†, Zhang, X., Bennett, G.N., Silberg, J. and Ajo-Franklin, C.M., 2022. Real-time environmental monitoring of contaminants using living electronic sensors. Nature, 611, 548–553.
  • Pichler, C.M. †, Bhattacharjee, S. †, Lam, E., Su, L., Collauto, A., Roessler, M.M., Cobb, S.J., Badiani, V.M., Rahaman, M. and Reisner, E., 2022. Bio-electrocatalytic conversion of food waste to ethylene via succinic acid as the central intermediate. ACS catalysis, 12, 13360-13371.
  • Su, L., Fukushima, T. and Ajo-Franklin, C.M., 2020. A hybrid cyt c maturation system enhances the bioelectrical performance of engineered Escherichia coli by improving the rate-limiting step. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 165, 112312.
  • Su, L., Yin, T., Du, H., Zhang, W. and Fu, D., 2020. Synergistic improvement of Shewanella loihica PV-4 extracellular electron transfer using a TiO2@ TiN nanocomposite. Bioelectrochemistry, 134, 107519.
  • Su, L.†, Fukushima, T.†, Prior, A., Baruch, M., Zajdel, T.J. and Ajo-Franklin, C.M., 2019. Modifying cytochrome c maturation can increase the bioelectronic performance of engineered Escherichia coli. ACS synthetic biology, 9(1),115-124.
  • Mevers, E.†, Su, L.†, Pishchany, G., Baruch, M., Cornejo, J., Hobert, E., Dimise, E., Ajo-Franklin, C.M. and Clardy, J., 2019. An elusive electron shuttle from a facultative anaerobe. eLife, 8, e48054.
  • Su, L. and Ajo-Franklin, C.M., 2019. Reaching full potential: bioelectrochemical systems for storing renewable energy in chemical bonds. Current opinion in biotechnology, 57, 66-72.
  • Light, S.H., Su, L., Rivera-Lugo, R., Cornejo, J.A., Louie, A., Iavarone, A.T., Ajo-Franklin, C.M. and Portnoy, D.A., 2018. A flavin-based extracellular electron transfer mechanism in diverse Gram-positive bacteria. Nature, 562 (7725), 140-144.
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College

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Extracellular electron transfer
Artificial photosynthesis