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The Warren K. Lewis Lectureship in Chemical Engineering

"Engineering by Evolution"

Frances Arnold
Professor of Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology

Friday, February 17, 2006
3:00 pm, Building 66-110
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Frances Arnold

Frances Arnold is the Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. Her research group engineers enzymes, biosynthetic pathways, and genetic regulatory circuits by directed evolution.

Dr. Arnold has co-authored more than 200 publications and edited several books on protein engineering and laboratory protein evolution. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, she has served on the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute and  the Science Advisory Boards of several corporations.  Her recent awards include the Olin-Garvan Medal of the American Chemical Society (2005), the Food, Pharmaceuticals and Bioengineering Division Award of the AIChE (2005), the David Perlman Memorial Lectureship of the ACS Biochemical Technology Division (2003), the Carothers Award from the Delaware ACS (2003), and the Professional Progress Award of the AIChE (2000). She has more than 25 patents issued or pending.

After receiving her B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1979, Dr. Arnold worked at the Solar Energy Research Institute in Golden, Colorado.  She completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of California , Berkeley in 1985.  Following post-doctoral research in Chemistry at U. C. Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology, she joined the faculty of Caltech's Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 1987.  She and her husband, Andrew Lange (Caltech, Physics), have three sons, ages 8, 9 and 15.

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