For all you VCU undergrads out there, SustainLab is starting in Spring 2017! SustainLab will be part of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program ( and will focus on identifying, developing, and implementing multi-disciplinary designs to address current problems that negatively affect urban quality of life. The first focus will be on designing and implementing Green Walls in Richmond to address carbon sequestration. This project will be completed in collaboration with faculty and students from Art and Biology.

INFORMS manuscript accepted

Our collaborative study title "Enumeration and Cartesian Product Decomposition of Alternate Optimal Fluxes in Cellular Metabolism" has been accepted for publication in INFORMS Journal on Computing.

Congrats to Eric Newsome!

Eric Newsome's abstract titled "Prototype of a Smart Fabric for Detection and Degradation of Organophosphate-based Neurotoxins" has been accepted for a poster presentation at the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Conference.

AEM Cover!

Thanks to everyone who voted for our picture of Endobugula to be on the cover of Applied and Environmental Microbiology! We won the online vote and will be featured as the cover picture on an upcoming AEM journal!

Scientific Reports manuscript accepted

Our collaborative manuscript titled "Single sample resolution of rare microbial dark matter in a marine invertebrate metagenome" has been accepted for publication in Scientific Reports.

Applied and Environmental Microbiology manuscript accepted

Our collaborative manuscript titled: Lack of overt genome reduction in the bryostatin-producing bryozoan symbiont, "Candidatus Endobugula sertula" has been accepted for publication.

Eric Newsome's Poster

Eric Newsome presented his 2nd year poster as part of the VCU Bridges to Baccalaureate program. Congrats Eric!

Image of Dr. Fong and Eric Newsome Poster

Lab featured in a Richmond Times-Dispatch Article

Dr. Fong Article Image

We are featured in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article!

Read the article on their website.

Talk at IBE Annual Conference

Qiang Yan recently gave a talk at the IBE Annual Conference titled "Metabolic engineering of Serratia marcescens for direct bioconversion of chitin to N-acetylneuraminic acid." Great job!

Qiang Yan passed Departmental Qualifier

Congratulations to Qiang Yan for passing the CLSE Departmental Qualifying Exam!