Patrick Shih is currently an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley and the Director of Plant Biosystems at the Joint BioEnergy Institute. He has a BS in Microbiology and a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley, where he worked on the evolution and engineering of photosynthesis with Kris Niyogi and Cheryl Kerfeld. As a postdoc he worked with Dominique Loque (JBEI), Jay Keasling (UC Berkeley), and Beth Sattely (Stanford) developing plant synthetic biology tools for complex metabolic engineering efforts. He started his research group in 2018 and has been recognized for his research contributions through a Packard Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, Branco Weiss Fellowship, and Katherine Esau Junior Faculty Award.