• Welcome

    Metabolic engineering embodies the principles, framework, and methodologies for understanding and manipulating the metabolic pathways in the cell for targeted and improved chemical transformations. My research group is applying metabolic engineering principles and methodologies to improve the production of important compounds, i.e. critical plant-derived pharmaceuticals or biofuels, from plant cell & tissue cultures and microalgae cultures. Our research relies on understanding the complex regulation and network of biosynthetic reactions within the cell and the application of molecular biology and analytical chemistry for unveiling the secrets of the cell. The outcome of this research is an understanding of how to rationally direct the resources of the cell for significant enhancements in the production of the desired product. Our research is being applied to address 1) the production of cost-prohibitive pharmaceutical compounds from cell and tissue cultures of plants and 2) the need for an alternative, renewable, and environmentally sustainable source of fuels from microalgae culture.


Congratulations to Professor Lee-Parsons

Congratulations to Professor Carolyn Lee-Parsons who received the 2013 Martin W. Essigmann Award for Teaching Excellence, Northeastern University.

Congratulations to Jessica Weaver

Congratulations to Jessica Weaver who received the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Ralph W. Shrader Diversity Scholarship. Read more…

Noreen Rizvi won 2013 Intel Corporation Scholarship

Congratulations to Noreen Rizvi, a PhD student in Chemical Engineering, who won a 2013 Intel Corporation scholarship Read more…

  • Contact

    Dr. Carolyn W. T. Lee-Parsons
    Department of Chemical Eng.
    313 Snell Engineering Center
    Northeastern University
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

    Email: ca.lee@neu.edu
    Phone: (617) 373-3634
    Fax: (617) 373-2209