Faculty

Marc Ostermeier

PROFESSOR
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (’96)

Research Interests

  • Protein Engineering
  • Evolution
  • Synthetic Biology

Dr. Marc Ostermeier received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990 and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. He was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Pennsylvania State University from 1996-2000.

Evolution is the algorithm that Nature uses to design biomolecules, systems of biomolecules, and life itself. Dr. Ostermeier’s lab seeks insight into the principles of natural evolution and the ability to design novel proteins and cells using laboratory evolution. For example, the creation of artificial protein switches is an important goal of protein engineering. Switches that establish connections between cellular components with no previous relationship can result in novel cellular circuitry and phenotypes. Such switches might establish connections between molecular signatures of disease and functions that serve to treat the disease and therefore possess selective therapeutic properties.

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