Core Faculty

Frances Arnold Frances Arnold

Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry; Director, Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center
Directed evolution, synthetic biology, protein engineering, biocatalysis, biofuels

Long Cai Long Cai

Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering; Bioengineering Graduate Option Representative
Single cell systems biology, super-resolution barcoded FISH, single molecule microscopy

John Doyle John Doyle

Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Bioengineering
Theoretical foundations and software infrastructure for complex technological and biological networks

Michael Elowitz Michael Elowitz

Professor of Biology and Bioengineering; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Executive Officer for Biological Engineering
Biophysics, biocomputing, gene regulation networks and variation in living cells

Lea Goentoro Lea Goentoro

Professor of Biology
Design principles of biological systems, signal transduction in animal cells, network architecture of embryonic development, cellular and developmental basis of evolution

Viviana Gradinaru Viviana Gradinaru TedxCaltech

Professor of Neuroscience and Biological Engineering;
Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute;
Director, Center for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

Reverse engineering brain circuits, optogenetics, protein engineering, technology development for neuroscience

Bruce A. Hay Bruce A. Hay

Professor of Biology
Genetic and molecular mechanisms that regulate cell death, proliferation, innate immunity, microRNA function, and spermatogenesis

Rustem Ismagilov Rustem Ismagilov

Ethel Wilson Bowles and Robert Bowles Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; Director, Jacobs Institute for Molecular Engineering for Medicine
Global health; Microbial communities and biophysics of the gut microbiome; Diagnostics and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST); Microfluidics and single-molecule and single-cell analyses; Complex networks of reactions, cells and organisms

Henry A. Lester Henry A. Lester

Professor of Biology
Neuroscience—study of nervous system at the molecular, cellular, and system levels

Carlos Lois Carlos Lois

Research Professor
Assembly of brain circuits and the cellular mechanisms by which neuronal activity in these circuits give rise to behavior.

Steve Mayo Steve Mayo

Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry; William K. Bowes Jr. Leadership Chair, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering
Development of computational approaches to protein engineering — a field that has broad applications ranging from advanced biofuels to human therapeutics

Markus Meister Markus MeisterTedxCaltech

Anne P. and Benjamin F. Biaggini Professor of Biological Sciences
Brain science, function of neural circuits, sensory processing, neural coding and computation, instruments for recording neural signals

Elliot M. Meyerowitz Elliot M. Meyerowitz

George W. Beadle Professor of Biology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Computational modeling of plant development, computational analysis of microscope images

Richard Murray Richard Murray

Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering
Feedback and control in biological circuits, synthetic biology, molecular programming

Lior Pachter Lior Pachter

Bren Professor of Computational Biology and Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Algorithms, combinatorics, comparative genomics, algebraic statistics, molecular biology and evolution

Joseph Parker Joseph Parker

Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering
Molecular, genetic and neurobiological changes that underlie the evolution of interspecies interactions in the animal kingdom

Rob Phillips Rob Phillips

Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics, Biology, and Physics
Physical biology of the cell: biophysical theory, single-molecule experiments, single-cell experiments

Niles Pierce Niles Pierce

Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering
Engineering small conditional DNAs and RNAs for signal transduction in vitro, in situ, and in vivo; computational algorithms for the analysis and design of nucleic acid systems; programmable molecular instruments for readout and regulation of cell state

Lulu Qian Lulu Qian

Professor of Bioengineering
Designing and constructing artificial molecular systems that exhibit programmable behaviors such as recognizing molecular events from their environment, processing information, making decisions, taking actions, learning, and evolving

Paul W.K. Rothemund Paul W.K. Rothemund TedxCaltech

Research Professor of Bioengineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and Computation and Neural Systems
Molecular programming and algorithms, DNA computation, nucleic acid structure and thermodynamics, principles of self-assembly, nanotechnology, bionanolithography, using DNA nanostructures as instrumentation for biochemistry and biophysics

Michael L. Roukes Michael L. Roukes TEDxCaltech

Frank J. Roshek Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering
Nanobiotechnology, nanotechnology, nanoscale physics, nanoscale and molecular mechanics

Mikhail Shapiro Mikhail Shapiro

Professor of Chemical Engineering; Heritage Principal Investigator Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Chemical Engineering
Molecular and cellular engineering, non-invasive imaging and control of biological function, neuroscience, nanotechnology, synthetic biology

Paul Sternberg Paul Sternberg

Bren Professor of Biology
Molecular genetics of development, nematodes, cancer genes

Matt Thomson Matt Thomson

Assistant Professor of Computational Biology
Biological engineering, computational mathematics, developmental biology and genetics, synthetic biology, systems biology

David Van Valen David Van Valen

Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering
Biological engineering, microbiology and immunology, systems biology

Kaihang Wang Kaihang Wang

Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering
Bioengineering, genome engineering, microbiology, and immunology

Erik Winfree Erik Winfree

Professor of Computer Science, Computation and Neural Systems, and Bioengineering
Biomolecular computation, DNA-based computation, algorithmic self-assembly, in vitro biochemical circuits, noise- and fault-tolerance, DNA and RNA folding, evolution

Related Faculty

Alexei Aravin Alexei Aravin

Professor of Biology
Non-coding RNAs: Study of natural functions of non-coding RNAs in the cell and programming of RNA pathways for new functions in vivo, non-coding RNAs as determinants of epigenetic states, the link between RNA- and chromatin-based epigenetic mechanisms

David Baltimore David Baltimore

President Emeritus; Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology
Development and functioning of the mammalian immune system and engineering immunity

Pamela Bjorkman Pamela Bjorkman TedxCaltech

David Baltimore Professor of Biology and Bioengineering
Biochemistry, structural and molecular cell biology;biological engineering; microbiology and immunology; systems biology

Joel Burdick Joel Burdick TedxCaltech

Richard L. and Dorothy M. Hayman Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist
Robotics, neural prosthetics, and rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries

Bill Clemons William (Bill) Clemons

Professor of Biochemistry
Structural biology, problems related to protein transport across membranes and post-translational modification of proteins

Michael H. Dickinson Michael H. DickinsonTedxCaltech

Esther M. and Abe M. Zarem Professor of Bioengineering and Aeronautics
Biomechanics of animal locomotion, neurobiology of behavior, neurogenetics of Drosophila

Azita Emami-Neyestanak Azita Emami-Neyestanak

Andrew and Peggy Cherng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute
Implantable and wearable devices for neural recoding and stimulations, microelectronic and optoelectronic systems for drug delivery and diagnostics

Katalin Fejes-Tóth Katalin (Kata) Fejes-Tóth

Research Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering
Non-coding RNAs in regulation of gene expression

Mory Gharib Mory Gharib

Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Bioinspired Engineering; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories; Director, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies
Biofluid dynamics, biomechanics, cardiac assist devices, advanced diagnostics

Bill Goddard William (Bill) Goddard

Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics
Method development required for multiscale multi-paradigm based predictions of the structures and properties of proteins, DNA, polymers, ceramics, metal alloys, semiconductors, organometallics and applications on new materials for pharma, catalysis, microelectronics, nanotechnology, and superconductors

Julia Greer Julia Greer

Professor of Materials Science, Mechanics, and Medical Engineering
Creating and studying advanced materials that utilize combination of 3-dimensional hierarchical architectures and nanoscale material size effects

Ali Hajimiri Ali Hajimiri

Bren Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering
Chip-based magnetic, optical, and electrical integrated biosensors for low-cost point-of-care diagnostics and sequencing applications, self-healing circuits and systems

Ali Hajimiri Elizabeth (Betty) Hong

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Molecular basis of synaptic specialization and its role in physiology, behavior, and disease

Julia Kornfield Julia Kornfield

Professor of Chemical Engineering
A broad range of macroscopic properties of polymers at the molecular level

Sarkis Mazmanian Sarkis Mazmanian

Luis B. and Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology; Investigator, Heritage Medical Research Institute
Discover how gut bacteria influence the development and function of the immune and nervous systems, with the goal of understanding mechanisms by which the microbiome contributes to the critical balance between health and disease

Yuki Oka Yuki Oka

Assistant Professor of Biology and Chen Scholar
Neural and molecular basis of motivated behaviors toward homeostatic regulation

Victoria Orphan Victoria Orphan

James Irvine Professor of Environmental Science and Geobiology
Molecular ecology of microbial communities involved in carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycling

David Prober David Prober

Professor of Biology
Genetic circuits that regulate sleep and neural circuits that regulate sleep

Thanos Siapas Thanos Siapas

Professor of Computation and Neural Systems
Brain mechanisms of learning and memory, large-scale electrophysiology, computational neuroscience

Doris Tsao Doris Tsao

Professor of Biology; T&C Chen Center for Systems Neuroscience Leadership Chair; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Director, T&C Chen Center for Systems Neuroscience
Vision, biological engineering, computation and neural systems, neuroscience, systems biology

Lihong Wang Lihong Wang

Bren Professor of Medical Engineering and Electrical Engineering
Biomedical imaging, photoacoustic imaging that allows peering noninvasively into biological tissues

Changhuei Yang Changhuei Yang

Thomas G. Meyers Professor of Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Medical Engineering
Biophotonics, bioimaging


Justin S. Bois Justin S. Bois

Lecturer in Biology and Biological Engineering; Undergraduate Option Representative

Danny Petrasek Danny Petrasek

Visiting Associate in Medical Engineering; Lecturer in Medical Engineering.