Howard Salis | AIChE

Howard Salis

Associate Professor
Pennsylvania State University

Prof. Howard Salis is an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Synthetic Biology. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. His research lab develops predictive biophysical models of gene expression and regulation that have enabled automated computational design of synthetic genetic systems, including biosensors, genetic circuits, metabolic pathways, and synthetic genomes. Researchers in his lab integrate both computational and experimental techniques, developing and testing models at the molecular and system levels. He received the DARPA Young Faculty in 2010 and the NSF Career Award in 2013. He also founded De Novo DNA to provide a user-friendly web-based platform for designing and engineering organisms. Over 10000 registered researchers have used the platform to design over 850,000 synthetic genetic systems.