Ahmad (Mo) Khalil

Portrait of Ahmad (Mo) Khalil

Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Associate Director, Biological Design Center

MS, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
Kilachand Center, Room 405C


Khalil and his laboratory team are developing new synthetic biology approaches to examine and engineer the functions of living cells, such as how they make decisions and communicate. They are particularly interested in molecular systems that enable cells to retain memory of past experiences, a research interest that has taken them across diverse biological systems from chromatin to prions. Khalil is also applying his synthetic biology tools to address a variety of biomedical problems, including neurodegenerative diseases and antibiotic resistance. Khalil’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Defense and earned him a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2017, an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and a DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2016, and an NSF CAREER Award in 2014.

Research Interests:

synthetic biology, systems biology, genetic networks, chromatin, evolution, prions, antibiotic resistance


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