Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Applied Physics


Michael Elowitz

Michael Elowitz

Professor of Biology and Bioengineering; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Degrees and Appointments

B.A., University of California, 1992; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University, 1999. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2003-09; Bren Scholar, 2003-09; Associate Professor, 2009-10; Professor, 2010-; HHMI Investigator, 2008-; Executive Officer, 2013-20.


Research Group Matters
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208 Chen Neuroscience Research Building
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Research Overview

Professor Elowitz works in the areas of systems and synthetic biology. His research seeks to understand fundamental design principles underlying the architecture and dynamics of gene circuits, including the functional role that stochasticity, or 'noise', plays in the cell.  To do so, he analyzes gene circuit behavior at the level of individual cells using time-lapse microscopy, designs and engineers synthetic genetic circuits that are sufficient to enable specific behaviors, and employs mathematical modeling.

List of Research Areas

systems biology, synthetic biology, gene regulation networks, gene circuit dynamics, computational biology, single-cell biology, cell signaling, bacteria, mammalian cells, embryonic stem cells

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