Assistant Professor of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Howard M. Salis is an Assistant Professor of Biological and Chemical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a joint appointment in the College of Agricultural Sciences (Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering) and the College of Engineering (Department of Chemical Engineering). His research is within the broad fields of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. He develops biophysical models and optimization methods to rationally engineer the genetic code of biological organisms for biotechnological applications.

After receiving his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Rutgers University in 1998, Salis continued with doctoral work on developing hybrid stochastic numerical methods and engineering synthetic genetic circuits at the University of Minnesota. He received a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering in 2007, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California San Francisco, where he developed biophysical models to predict the rates of gene expression and the dynamics of genetic circuits. Salis joined the faculty of The Pennsylvania State University on January 2010 and was awarded the DARPA Young Faculty Award in the same year. His research lab is developing a DNA Compiler for engineering synthetic genetic systems with broad commercial biotechnology applications.

This past year he taught BE 302, Transport Processes for Biological Engineering, and CHEM E 340, Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering.



Phone: 814-865-1931

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