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Faculty & Research

James Carothers

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

James Carothers

  • Ph.D. Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard University, 2005
  • B.S. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, 1998

James Carothers joins Chemical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, where he held the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund Fellowship in synthetic biology. His research focuses on developing design platforms for engineering functionally-complex RNA-based control systems. These systems process cellular information and program the expression of very large numbers of genes, enabling both increased understanding of fundamental biological processes and applications to meet the demands for renewable chemicals and new therapies.

James’ honors include a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, the Harvard University Graduate Prize Fellowship, and the American Honda Scholarship for First Place at the National Science Olympiad.