Frances H. Arnold
Research InterestsBiocatalysis, protein engineering, enzyme evolution, synthetic biology
Dual Affiliation with Division of Biology and Biological Engineering
Assistant: Cheryl Nakashima
We generate novel and useful enzymes and organisms for applications in medicine, neurobiology, chemical synthesis and alternative energy. We also construct entire synthetic families of enzymes and other proteins in order to study structure-function relationships free from constraints of natural selection.
This research requires contributions from many disciplines, including chemistry, bioengineering, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, chemical engineering, chemistry and applied physics.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2018); NAS Sackler Prize in Convergence Research (2017); Millennium Technology Prize (2016); National Inventors Hall of Fame (2014); Honorary doctorates Stockholm University, U. Chicago, ETH Zurich; ENI Prize in Renewable and Nonconventional Energy (2013); National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2011); Charles Stark Draper Prize (2011); American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2010); Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (2009); National Academy of Sciences (2008); Linnaeus Lecturer, Uppsala University (2008);Cruickshank Lecturer, Gordon Research Conferences (2008);Enzyme Engineering Award (2007); FASEB Excellence in Science Award (2007); Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal, ACS (2005); National Academy of Medicine (2004); Carothers Award of the ACS Delaware Division (2003); National Academy of Engineering (2000); Professional Progress Award of the AIChE (2000).