The Foston Lab is part of:
Multi-Scale Engineering cluster within the EECE department at Washington University — Interested in studying the catalysis, reaction engineering, reaction networks, and process engineering that control the thermochemical and/or catalytic depolymerization and conversion biomass, in particular, lignin, into fuels and chemicals.
Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology cluster within the EECE department at Washington University — Interfacing with research on new microbial systems that convert sugars derived from lignocellulosic biomass by characterizing biomass and developing upstream processes to extract monomeric sugars from biomass.
Institute of Material Science & Engineering at Washington University — Interested in studying the synthesis, processing, and property-structure relationships that define a class of materials derived from lignocellulosic biomass.
Center for Engineering Mechanobiology — Interested in studying the biomechanics and engineering the mechanobiology of the plant cell wall. Define how molecules, cells, and tissues integrate mechanics within plant and animal biology to establish the scientific basis of mechanobiology and create new materials, biomedical therapies, and improved agricultural technologies.