Huadong Peng specialises in Engineering Biology for Advanced Intelligent BioManufacturing (EBio-IBM): synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, microbial consortia/communities, microbial food, industrial biotechnology.

Dr Huadong Peng starts as a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology – AIBN, University of Queensland, Australia in Jan 2024. He received a PhD degree from Monash University in 2018, followed by postdoc trainings at Imperial College London and Technical University of Denmark until 2023. Before PhD, Dr Peng got a Master’s Degree from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013, and Bachelor’s Degree from China Three Gorges University in 2010. Besides, he worked as a research associate at Novozymes China from Nov 2013 to Jan 2015. Dr Peng’s research interests include synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, microbial communities, lipid metabolism and industrial biotechnology. Dr Peng has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers in well-known journals such as Nat. Microbial. Nat. Chem. Biol., Biotechnol Biofuels, Appl. Energy, Bioresour. Technol., Biotechnol. J, etc., and 5 granted patents, and he made many oral presentations at international conferences.


I am interested in developing industrial collaborations by commercializing advanced microbial cell factories and biotechnologies established in my lab. We can provide biotechnological solutions for producing the components of food ingredients, medicines, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) (biofuels). 


2021 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (120k DKK, 8% success rate) 
2019 Runner-up poster award in the 25th annual conferences of CLSS-UK (£70)
2018 Young Investigator Poster Runner-up award in the ME12 conference (AIChE & IMES, $250, 13 awards/ 500 attendees); ME12 Junior researcher grant by International Metabolic Engineering Society, $800
2017 Multiple travel awards from Monash University (A$2115), Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME, A$1,556), and Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute (MEMSI, A$1,000).
2015 Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS), Monash International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (MIPRS)
2013 Excellent Director Research Award of Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS,¥ 5000, 2/50); Three Goods Student, UCAS"

Key Publications

Peng, H.; Darlington, A. P. S.; South, E. J.; Chen, H.-H.; Jiang, W.; Ledesma-Amaro, R. A molecular toolkit of cross-feeding strains for engineering synthetic yeast communities. Nature Microbiology 2024. DOI: 10.1038/s41564-023-01596-4.

Peng, H.; Chen, R.; Shaw, W. M.; Hapeta, P.; Jiang, W.; Bell, D. J.; Ellis, T.; Ledesma-Amaro, R. Modular Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Coculture Strategies for the Production of Aromatic Compounds in Yeast. Acs Synth Biol 2023, 12 (6), 1739-1749. DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.3c00047

Peng, H.; He, L.; Haritos, V. S. Flow-cytometry-based physiological characterisation and transcriptome analyses reveal a mechanism for reduced cell viability in yeast engineered for increased lipid content. Biotechnology for Biofuels 2019, 12 (1), 98, DOI: 10.1186/s13068-019-1435-6.

Peng, H.; He, L.; Haritos, V. S. Metabolic engineering of lipid pathways in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and staged bioprocess for enhanced lipid production and cellular physiology. J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol 2018, 45 (8), 707-717

Peng, H.; Chen, H.; Qu, Y.; Li, H.; Xu, J. Bioconversion of different sizes of microcrystalline cellulose pretreated by microwave irradiation with/without NaOH. Appl Energ 2014, 117 (0), 142-148.