Albert Keung is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a member of the Systems and Synthetic Biology Cluster at North Carolina State University. Prior to this, Keung was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow, working jointly at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University in the areas of synthetic biology and chromatin biology. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, working in the area of neural stem cell biology and mechanobiology, and his B.S. in chemical engineering from Stanford University.
Keung’s work spans the intersections of synthetic biology, chromatin biology, stem cell biology and neurobiology. His research group broadly studies non-genetic sources of information in cells and how they can be synthetically controlled and harnessed to better understand disease and to develop biomedical therapies. His group is currently focused on understanding chromatin-based epigenetic mechanisms and how they regulate stem-ness properties in neural systems and in human neurodevelopment. His group is also developing molecular and cellular systems to perturb and sense chromatin structure in living cells.