Mustafa Khammash | AIChE

Mustafa Khammash

Professor
ETH Zurich

Mustafa Khammash, is the Professor of Control Theory and Systems Biology in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. He is a systems and control theorist known for his work at the interface of control theory, systems biology, and synthetic biology. In the area of systems biology, his lab develops novel computational and experimental methods for modeling and analysis of complex biological networks, with particular interest in the role of feedback, dynamic, and noise. In synthetic biology, his lab has pioneered the area of cybergenetics, which aims at the development of engineered control systems that steer the dynamic behavior of living cells with precision and robustness. His lab engineers such feedback control systems either genetically, or on a computer that is interfaced with living cells using light (optogenetic control). Khammash received his Ph.D. from Rice University, USA in 1990. After his PhD, he joined the faculty of Iowa State University and then the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he was the Director of the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation from 2005 until 2011, when he moved his group to ETH Zürich. Khammash is the recipient of the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. He is a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.