Department of Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy at the J. Craig Venter Institute
Yo Suzuki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy at the J. Craig Venter Institute. He is developing the 'Green Monster' method for genome engineering. In this method, GFP-marked genomic alterations such as deletions and insertions are assembled into a single genome via repeated rounds of mating, meiosis, and flow-cytometric enrichment of yeast cells harboring the alterations. He is interested in (1) generating yeast multi-mutants to reveal previously unidentified genetic interactions, (2) introducing exogenous biosynthetic pathways into yeast to make valuable compounds, and (3) engineering bacterial genomes residing in yeast to help characterize the minimal cellular life. He graduated from Nagoya University in 1993 with a research thesis with Kunihiro Matsumoto. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 2000 for his work with Bill Wood. As a postdoctoral fellow, he studied multi-gene genetic interaction with Min Han in Colorado and with Fritz Roth at Harvard Medical School. He joined the team of Ham Smith and Craig Venter in 2010.