John Ngo

Portrait of John Ngo

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, California Institute of Technology
BS, Biochemistry, UC Santa Barbara
Kilachand Center, Room 505A


Ngo joined the faculty at Boston University in 2015. In 2016, he was named a Reidy Family Career Development Professor, which recognizes junior faculty who are emerging future leaders in their respective fields. Ngo’s research applies principles of evolution, chemistry, and engineering to develop new tools for visualizing, measuring, and controlling biomolecules in living cells. Currently, his lab is focused on understanding how proteases—proteins that “chop up” other proteins—are used by cells to regulate gene expression in response to biological signals and reengineering them to create cellular tools. In addition to serving as critical aids in studying biology and disease, Ngo believes the technologies he is pursuing will be powerful additions to the toolkit for engineering therapeutic cells.

Research Interests:

protein and biomolecular engineering, directed evolution, fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy, cell biology, chemical biology, molecular self-assembly, bionanotechnology


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