Inaugural Stephanopoulos Award – The Future of Metabolic Engineering

Dr. Stephanopoulos is widely recognized as one of the founders of metabolic engineering. Honoring his tremendous impact on our profession, society, and the lives of the many students and colleagues he has encouraged and mentored over four decades, AIChE’s International Metabolic Engineering Society (IMES) established the Gregory N. Stephanopoulos Award in Metabolic Engineering
Thanks to the generosity of our Founding Donors, including the endowment steering committee led by Professor Hal Alper and close colleagues and friends, Jens Nielsen, Professor at the Chalmers University of Technology and CEO of the BioInnovation Institute, was named the inaugural recipient at the 2021 Metabolic Engineering 14 virtual conference. Nielsen was honored for his contributions to the establishment of biobased production of fuels and chemicals. 
I'm really honored by the naming of this award and very moved by all of the people and the kind words they had to say about me." - Gregory Stephanopoulos. 
“His in-silico systems biology and metabolic engineering tools, together with creative strategies for microbial metabolic engineering, have been used widely in the biotech industry and also have led to the establishment of several companies.” - Professor Sang Yup Lee , chair of the award selection committee.
 Thanks to its Founding Donors, the Stephanopoulos Award will be presented to a prominent scientist or engineer who has made seminal contributions to the industrial translation of basic developments in metabolic engineering, or quantitative analysis, design and modeling of metabolism every two years.  
“I'm really honored by the naming of this award and very moved by all of the people and the kind words they had to say about me...This means a lot to me and it's one of the best awards bestowed to me. I'm very thankful and grateful to the many people who contributed to this award” - Gregory Stephanopoulos. 

A core priority of the Doing a World of Good campaign, continued support for Research and Innovation is needed to endow the award in perpetuity. For more information on how you can get involved and make a contribution, please contact Colin Cumming, Senior Major Gifts Specialist, at