Chris Anderson

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Associate Professor, Bioengineering

512E Energy Biosciences Building
Mailcode 5230

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Research Interests

Anderson Lab develops new applications and tools for the Synthetic Biology community. Our goal is to create a computationally-driven platform for the design of genetic organisms that minimizes the uncertainties and errors of such projects. Our platform is built around a computational method for encapsulating the function of biomolecules based on precise chemical models. Our platform aggregates data from various sources, then develops synthesis and verification tools to automatically design engineered organisms with new functions, demonstrated with bacterium that produces acetaminophen.


  • 2003 PhD, The Scripps Research Institute, Advisor Peter Schultz
  • 1998, BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Major Awards

  • 2007 The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition (Instructor): Finalist, Best Poster Award
  • 2007 Technology Review TR35 Award
  • 2006 The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition (Instructor): 1st Place Best Part, 3rd Place Best Measurement and Part Characterization
  • 2006 Synthetic Biology 2.0: Best Application Award
  • 2003 Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1998 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship