Mo is the Innovation Career Development Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. He is the Associate Director and a Founding Core Member of the Biological Design Center, and is also a Visiting Scholar at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. He was an HHMI Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Jim Collins at BU working in systems & synthetic biology. He completed his PhD at MIT with Drs. Angie Belcher and Matt Lang in molecular biophysics & engineering.
Khalil and his laboratory team are developing new synthetic biology approaches to examine and engineer the functions of living cells, such as how they make decisions and communicate. They are particularly interested in molecular systems that enable cells to retain memory of past experiences, a research interest that has taken them across diverse biological systems from chromatin to prions. Khalil is also applying his synthetic biology tools to address a variety of biomedical problems, including neurodegenerative diseases and antibiotic resistance. Khalil’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Defense and earned him a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2017, an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and a DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2016, and an NSF CAREER Award in 2014.