Christopher V. Rao




Robert W. Schaefer Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012-2014); Helen Corley Petit Scholar, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois, UC, (2011-2012); CAST Outstanding Young Researcher Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2012); Inaugural High Impact Paper Award, International Federation of Automatic Control (2010); CAST Directors' Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2008); Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Illinois (2008); W. David Smith Graduate Publication Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2007); CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (2007).


  • 2017
    • Sim, M., Koirala, S., Picton, D., Strahl, H., Hoskisson, P. A., Rao, C. V., Gillespie, C. S. & Aldridge, P. D. Growth rate control of flagellar assembly in Escherichia coli strain RP437. Scientific Reports 2017, 7, 41189.
    • Christensen, D. G., Orr, J. S., Rao, C. V. & Wolfe, A. J. Increasing growth yield and decreasing acetylation in Escherichia coli by optimizing the carbon-to-magnesium ratio in peptide-based media. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2017, 83, 6, e03034-16.
  • 2016
    • Cao, Y., Ryser, M. D., Payne, S., Li, B., Rao, C. V. & You, L. Collective Space-Sensing Coordinates Pattern Scaling in Engineered Bacteria. Cell 2016, 165, 3, 620-630.
    • Zhang, S., Skerker, J. M., Rutter, C. D., Maurer, M. J., Arkin, A. P. & Rao, C. V. Engineering Rhodosporidium toruloides for increased lipid production. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 2016, 113, 5, 1056-1066.
    • Zhou, J., Wu, K. & Rao, C. V. Evolutionary engineering of Geobacillus thermoglucosidasius for improved ethanol production. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 2016, 113, 10, 2156-2167.
    • Liu, J. J., Kong, I. I., Zhang, G. C., Jayakody, L. N., Kim, H., Xia, P. F., Kwak, S., Sung, B. H., Sohn, J. H., Walukiewicz, H. E., Rao, C. V. & Jin, Y. S. Metabolic engineering of probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2016, 82, 8, 2280-2287.
    • Zhang, S., Ito, M., Skerker, J. M., Arkin, A. P. & Rao, C. V. Metabolic engineering of the oleaginous yeast Rhodosporidium toruloides IFO0880 for lipid overproduction during high-density fermentation. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 2016, 1-13.
    • Rutter, C. D. & Rao, C. V. Production of 1-decanol by metabolically engineered Yarrowia lipolytica. Metabolic Engineering 2016, 38, 139-147.
    • Shenoy, A., Rao, C. V. & Schroeder, C. M. Stokes trap for multiplexed particle manipulation and assembly using fluidics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2016, 113, 15, 3976-3981.
  • 2015
    • Badur, A. H., Jagtap, S. S., Yalamanchili, G., Lee, J. K., Zhao, H. & Rao, C. V. Alginate lyases from alginate-degrading Vibrio splendidus 12B01 are endolytic. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2015, 81, 5, 1865-1873.
    • Rao, C. V. Control challenges in synthetic biology. IFAC Papers Online 2015, 28, 48(8), 996-1001. DOI:10.1016/j.ifacol.2015.09.098.
    • Lane, S., Zhang, S., Wei, N., Rao, C. & Jin, Y. S. Development and physiological characterization of cellobiose-consuming Yarrowia lipolytica. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 2015, 112, 5, 1012-1022.
    • Rutter, C. D., Zhang, S. & Rao, C. V. Engineering Yarrowia lipolytica for production of medium-chain fatty acids. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 2015, 99, 17, 7359-7368.
    • Dunn, K. L. & Rao, C. V. High-throughput sequencing reveals adaptation-induced mutations in pentose-fermenting strains of Zymomonas mobilis. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 2015, 112, 11, 2228-2240.
    • Koirala, S., Wang, X. & Rao, C. V. Reciprocal regulation of L-arabinose and D-xylose metabolism in Escherichia coli. Journal of Bacteriology 2015, 198, 3, 386-393.
  • 2014
    • Koirala, S., Mears, P., Sim, M., Golding, I., Chemla, Y. R., Aldridge, P. D. & Rao, C. V. A nutrient-tunable bistable switch controls motility in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. mBio 2014, 5, 5, e01611-14.
    • Mears, P. J., Koirala, S., Rao, C. V., Golding, I. & Chemla, Y. R. Escherichia coli swimming is robust against variations in flagellar number. eLife 2014, 3, e01916.
    • Dunn, K. L. & Rao, C. V. Expression of a xylose-specific transporter improves ethanol production by metabolically engineered Zymomonas mobilis. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 2014, 98, 15, 6897-6905.
    • Walukiewicz, H. E., Tohidifar, P., Ordal, G. W. & Rao, C. V. Interactions among the three adaptation systems of Bacillus subtilis chemotaxis as revealed by an in vitro receptor-kinase assay. Molecular Microbiology 2014, 93, 6, 1104-1118.
    • Byrne, M. B.; Kimura, Y.; Kapoor, A.; He, Y.; Mattam, K. S.; Hasan, K. M.; Olson, L. N.; Wang, F.; Kenis, P. J. A.; Rao, C. V., Oscillatory Behavior of Neutrophils under Opposing Chemoattractant Gradients Supports a Winner-Take-All Mechanism. PLoS One 2014, 9, (1), DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0085726.
  • 2013
    • He, Y.; Li, D.; Cook, S. L.; Yoon, M. S.; Kapoor, A.; Rao, C. V.; Kenis, P. J. A.; Chen, J.; Wang, F., Mammalian Target of Rapamycin and Rictor Control Neutrophil Chemotaxis by Regulating Rac/Cdc42 Activity and the Actin Cytoskeleton. Molecular Biology of the Cell 2013, 24, (21), 3369-3380, DOI:10.1091/mbc.E13-07-0405.
    • Rao, C. V. Exploiting market fluctuations and price volatility through feedback control. Computers and Chemical Engineering 2013, 51, 181-186.
  • 2012
    • Glekas, G. D., Plutz, M. J., Walukiewicz, H. E., Allen, G. M., Rao, C. V. & Ordal, G. W. Elucidation of the multiple roles of CheD in Bacillus subtilis chemotaxis. Molecular Microbiology 2012, 86, 3, 743-756.
    • Koita, K. & Rao, C. V. Identification and Analysis of the Putative Pentose Sugar Efflux Transporters in Escherichia coli. PLoS One 2012, 7, 8, e43700.
    • Glekas, G. D., Mulhern, B. J., Kroc, A., Duelfer, K. A., Lei, V., Rao, C. V. & Ordal, G. W. The Bacillus subtilis chemoreceptor McpC senses multiple ligands using two discrete mechanisms. Journal of Biological Chemistry 2012, 287, 47, 39412-39418.
    • Yuan, W., Glekas, G. D., Allen, G. M., Walukiewicz, H. E., Rao, C. V. & Ordal, G. W. The Importance of the Interaction of CheD with CheC and the Chemoreceptors Compared to Its Enzymatic Activity during Chemotaxis in Bacillus subtilis. PLoS One 2012, 7, 12, e50689.
    • Chubiz, L. M., Glekas, G. D. & Rao, C. V. Transcriptional cross talk within the Mar-Sox-Rob regulon in Escherichia coli is limited to the rob and marRAB operons. Journal of Bacteriology 2012, 194, 18, 4867-4875.

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