Chemical biology and synthetic biology techniques to develop innovative ideas
Youtian Cui is a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry with more than six years of research experience in solving real-world problems by chemical biology and synthetic biology techniques. Cui received his B.S. and M.S. in bioengineering from Jiangnan University in China.
During his research career Cui has developed innovative ideas in engineering various enzymes for different applications, resulting in more than seven publications and two patents.
Outside the lab Cut enjoys hiking, playing video games and acquiring new knowledge.
What drew you to the Business Development Fellowship program?
The program is a precious opportunity for me to combine my scientific skill set with the necessary learning to run a business. By exposing myself to the real-world business environment, I can gain professional experience in business, finance and marketing. The program is also a better way to expand my social network and learn from others’ strengths through collaboration.
What excites you about growing your entrepreneurial mindset?
The experience of working in a lab provides essential skills to perform a job as a scientist, but the ability to analyze business scenarios and propose sound thoughts to make business decisions is appreciated. Growing my entrepreneurial mindset enables me to have a deep understanding of business strategy and operation while opening the possibility to run a startup after graduation.
What does innovation mean to you?
As a biochemist, innovation is the key to advance science development. Innovation can mean an idea to shed light on an unknown mechanism, a creation to refine an existing apparatus or a method to integrate the knowledge from different disciplines.